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Re: Stain in Oak table top

Posted By: James Schooley <furnitureissues@earthlink.net> (0-1pool246-15.nas2.sioux-city1.ia.us.da.qwest.net)
Date: 8/14/4 03:22

In Response To: Re: Stain in Oak table top (Greg Scholl)

You can get oxalic acid from a good pharmacy or paint store, many deck brightners are made with it. The crystals are derived from rhubarb, mainly the leaves, so one could boil them to get the same thing. Warm water, and disolve the crystals in a jar with this water, when they start to collect on the bottom the water is saturate and that is all it will hold. Brush some onto the wood and let it dry, cover the entire top so as to avoid light areas. Do this till the stain is gone. Then rinse off all the crystals with a wet wash rag, or you will sneeze your head off when you try to sand, and the next time you try to stain the wood it may turn black, and you will need to repeat all the steps. Oxalic acid is very mild, but just the same wear gloves, googles, and don't touch sensetive body parts with out washing first. It is a great wood brightner, especially for old dingy oak.

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