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Refinishing old stained wood curio cabinet
Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: May 06, 2021 03:50PM
I'm guessing mahogany, but not sure, and probably doesn't matter too much in this context.

It's probably a century old or close. I would like to strip the stain, sand and re-stain close to the dark color it currently has. It's not a fine antique but it does have some sentimental value. It's about 3.5' tall with two glass doors that have a filigree style carved wood. I will have to remove the glass panes.

I've refinished other oak, maple furniture but nothing with much detail.
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Re: Refinishing old stained wood curio cabinet
Posted by: Dennis S
Date: May 06, 2021 04:07PM
I'm sure there are lots of youtubes showing how to do it.
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Re: Refinishing old stained wood curio cabinet
Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: May 06, 2021 04:09PM
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Dennis S
I'm sure there are lots of youtubes showing how to do it.

No doubt, but I like to involve the sweaty masses here
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Re: Refinishing old stained wood curio cabinet
Posted by: Paul F.
Date: May 06, 2021 04:13PM
Do it!

Use chemical stripper first, and scrapers, rather than trying to sand off old finishes. Sanding will just round off corners and lose detail.

Hand sand all non-flat areas, rather than trying to use a power sander.

The quality of your old finish removal, and the quality of your sanding, will determine the quality of your new finish.



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Re: Refinishing old stained wood curio cabinet
Posted by: MrNoBody
Date: May 06, 2021 05:07PM
I'll add to Paul F's tips, get 3M Synthetic Steel Wool Pad 0000 (10119NA).
$4/6pk at HD (it can't cause rust staining)


It's also available in other grades.

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Re: Refinishing old stained wood curio cabinet
Posted by: Filliam H. Muffman
Date: May 06, 2021 08:11PM
First try to verify it isn't a valuable antique.

My dad used Formby's stripper on several pieces of furniture with excellent results, but that was back when strong carcinogens were still legal (ca. 1987).



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Re: Refinishing old stained wood curio cabinet
Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: May 07, 2021 08:44AM
I've used the orange goo in the past and had good results. And I'll be doing it on the porch.
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Re: Refinishing old stained wood curio cabinet
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: May 07, 2021 09:19AM
My daughter's old friend is no longer working that field, so she can't help you.....

Before stripping, find out what kind of finish it is.... There may be a good chance that the curio is a shellac finish. The way to test it is with a Q tip and 90% rubbing alcohol on a hidden area. If the alcohol dissolves the finish, it's shellac (Lac bug carapaces dissolved in alcohol). If your goal is just to fix the shellac finish, look up "French Polishing".

If a total refresh is needed, I would also strip a small hidden section and figure out what will work best on the finish and the stain.
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Re: Refinishing old stained wood curio cabinet
Posted by: Buzz
Date: May 07, 2021 02:32PM
And once you have it properly stripped and sanded, use a high quality wood sealer, after which you'll have to lightly sand again, before staining....
that will allow you to stain it more evenly, as well as keep whatever finish you use more even, too.
Also use cheesecloth and dust cloths between every step so you don't grind anything into the finished product.
Good luck, and enjoy.
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Re: Refinishing old stained wood curio cabinet
Posted by: Diana
Date: May 08, 2021 12:31AM
As far as the stain goes, odd things were used in the past to stain woods. I have an antique couch (hide-a-bed, now in pieces because it was slowly pulling itself apart) that was stained to resemble mahogany using poke berries. At least, that was the story I was told.

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