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Re: fixing antique chairs

Posted By: James Schooley (0-1pool247-38.nas2.sioux-city1.ia.us.da.qwest.net)
Date: 4/9/4 23:41

In Response To: Re: fixing antique chairs (sven)

You will get a very good idea of what to attempt from a GOOD antique store. As for how to tell the woods apart, red oak has open canals in the wood, a fine wire will start at one end of a board ad travel unimpeded all the way to the other end. Also red oak is a light pink color when freshly cut compared to white oak which is a dull ashen gray or light tan. Ash has a very fine open grain but has none of the medulary rays that oak is famous for. These are the quarter sawn effect (tiger oak) that a lot of old furniture is famous for. Look at the end grain and you will see thin amber colored lines that point toward the center of the tree from all around the circles of growth rings. When sliced along the rays the cross section of these aspects show up as dense flakes in the wood. Any way ash don't got it, get it?

As for matching new and old wood, You can lighten all the old wood with oxalic acid, that will make the differance less noticable. The finish is fairly well lost you say? So don't wory about raising the grain, it already is and also needs sanding.

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