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Re: wood drying out on sideboard

Posted By: Benton Ham <bbham@bellsouth.net> (adsl-18-5-97.rdu.bellsouth.net)
Date: 6/8/3 19:02

In Response To: wood drying out on sideboard (Chris)

I have found that Watco's Danish Oil is good for moisturizing old wood. Purchase a small can in a Natural color and follow directions on the can.

Your table top probably just needs a good cleaning. Take the table outside or in a well ventilated room. Pour some ordinary Mineral Spirits (Paint Thinner) into a small bowl. Dip a wad of 0000 steel wool into the spirits and wring out as much access you can with one hand. Wipe the table top (with the grain) with about as much force as you would you kitchen counter. This will remove old wax, finger prints, and all that yuckey stuff. Wipe with a dry clean cloth immediately. The top will appear dull, but the luster can be restored with a good cream furniture polish. Guardsman is a good brand. (Don't use Pledge or Endust.)

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