How do I deal with scratches in "polyurethane-coated leather"? [more inside]
What is the best way to clean wood furniture BEFORE applying the Tung Oil? [more inside]
Uh oh, I think we used old shellac. Now what? [more inside]
Furniture Restoration: Please give me your suggestions for books and web resources for furniture restoration. [more inside]
My roommate has a rather nice piece of wooden furniture that my cats have scratched all up. It's real wood, basically just stained and maybe somehow varnished. What are my options for restoring it and how much are they likely to cost? (She is aware of the damage, so it's not like a sneak job.) [more inside]
Help me restore and properly care for my wooden furniture. [more inside]
I just bought an old danish-midcentury modern type dining set. Its wood with a finish (lacquer or shellac, I don't know). It has a couple of nasty scratches. I live in San Francisco....know of any businesses/individuals that do wood furniture repair? [more inside]
Need furniture (wood) restoration tips I just made an unbelievable find in the trash on a sidewalk in manhattan (you wouldnt believe the things people throw out here). Its a solid wood restaurant butcher block table whch measures 24" X 24" X 10" thick! It weighs 85kilos / 190lbs !! I am really excited about restoring it. I have done some furniture restoration in the past but it always involved sanding the shit out of something until its bare again and refinishing it with a polyurethane or a stain of whatever flavor. In this case I think the butcher block has a lot of character (such as knife marks, dents and has also gotten a nice color from all the grease and oils it came into contact with) and I want to preserve that somehow. Its really dirty and kind of nasty at the moment. Can someone offer some suggestions about which solvents i can use to clean it thogroughly? I'm thinking denatured alcohol / mineral spirits but will that be tough enough to clean it?