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Forum topic by tcaz posted 05-26-2020 08:54 PM 224 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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tcaz

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05-26-2020 08:54 PM

Our neighbors gave us a set of midcentury dining chairs that were in pretty rough condition. I disassembled them, sanded to bare wood, cleaned up epoxy/glue from previous attempts at patching, and replaced/reglued the dowel joints. Now, I need to decide on a finish…

The chair bases are oak, though I think some parts are another species (pictured below). Maybe they were replaced with a different wood sometime back? The grain pattern does not flow or look very appealing on some of the base’s pieces.

The chair backs are a walnut veneer in good condition, only needing small chip repairs. The plys are also exposed now but were previously not visible due to the dark stain.

I prefer to let wood grain speak for itself, and steer away from stains. I’m afraid my usual route of satin Arm R Seal or GF High Performance will not look too pleasing. There’s also a tinge of orange, and some deep seated stain in a few sections of the chair that I couldn’t sand out. Seat cushions will be reupholstered to match after finish is applied.

Should I go for a stain to match the walnut veneer back rests? If so, gel stain, water based, etc? Clear topcoat only w/ no stain? Take a different approach? Any recommendations would be great!!


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#1 posted 05-26-2020 10:58 PM

If the orange is shellac, alcohol might help remove it. Or orange shellac might be the original finish and it would blend with the old finish.

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