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    Walnut Empire sideboard

    This old boy was heavy in very bad shape. It had been sitting in a garage for 50 years. Many dings and mars, missing veneer broken feet. I hand stripped it and put a hand finished French Polish on it. It has become one of my favorite WOW ! I did that ! It sat in the shop for 2 years till I finally decided to finish it. I would look at it and say one day. Once I started I was captured but what I knew it could look like, almost like it had a hold one me.
    Veneers were hand cut to match the 1/8th thickness and missing wood was cut and shaped.
    The finishes;
    3 coats or finely sprayed shellack
    then dissolved button shellac in alcohol and diluted 50/50
    Hand rubbed in Pumice Stone #4
    a drop of 100% tong oil on the Bob and polish applied to the bob
    7 layers of polish [french]
    Waxed with Butchers wax. 3 coats very sparingly each coat. This fills in any of the remaining small crevices.
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    Looks like a wonderful restoration. Will it be for you, for sale or was it commissioned?

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    Thanks Ken
    It belongs to a customer who lives in an area I grew up in down along the Potomac River.
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    Like Ken said, nice restoration Beautiful piece.
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    dave, how did yu blend in the light patches on the two doors that you had to fill? another wonderful job on piece that many would have givin up on.
    If in Doubt, Build it Stout!
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    I used water stain. I 1st wet the surrounding areas with Naptha to get the color and then mixed in the powder water stain in boiling water till I got a match. Sometime it takes a 2-4 different colors to get an old look.

    Something I will be doing on that Walnut Empire table top I am making for the game table.
    I dream a lot. I do more painting when I'm not painting. It's in the subconscious.
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