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Redwood Burl Table I Refinished this Week

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Furniture191 of 355 Greta Magnusson Grossman ChairOld Oak Post Office Teller Window cir. 1880s -- made by Thomas Kane & Co., Chicago, IL
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Posted 2 years ago

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ho2cultcha
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The last picture shows what it looks like after i started to peel off the many layers of bubbled up varnish. i really love these tables. i refinished it w/ many layers of furniture wax and now it's in my living room. hopefully, i'll stop banging my shin against it soon!

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  1. walksoftly walksoftly, 2 years ago
    This is an amazing piece, you've brought it back to life, the colour & detail are fantastic.
    Well done!
  2. scottvez scottvez, 2 years ago
    Beautiful piece!

    scott
  3. miKKoChristmas11 miKKoChristmas11, 2 years ago
    Fabulous table!!!!!!!!! Fabulous restoration job!!! (The legs look perfect the way they are - original finish?) Bravo, ho2cultcha!!! : 0
  4. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 2 years ago
    thanks everybody. i did refinish the feet too. they are from redwood as well, but different ages - probably roots.
  5. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 2 years ago
    Gorgeous wood. I love to look into the grain of the redwoods I work with but must be time to crash as I had a hard time spelling "gorgeous". Do you wash out the grain between sandings? That really gives depth.
  6. nldionne nldionne, 2 years ago
    This is really beautiful Ho2cultcha. Great job!
  7. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 2 years ago
    thank you blunderbuss2 and nldionne. how do you wash out the grain tween sandings, blunderbuss? i added one more coat of wax after taking these photos and it darkened it a little bit too much. i think i'll put it out in the sun one day to lighten a little more. i just sanded it w/ steel wool 000 between coats of wax. i came across so much different and contradictory advice on what to do on the net, that it just confused me. so i kept it very simple and have my fingers crossed that i don't regret something later.
  8. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 2 years ago
    When you have a good grained wood that you want to get that "look into the wood" 3D effect follow this. As you sand, part of the fibers lie down & the pores fill with sawdust. After each sanding, take the wood & wash with high pressure like with a hose with a nozzle. Let it dry & you will feel that it has gotten rough feeling again. Those are the missed fibers that lay down. Repeat this until when it dries it is no longer rough. The pores are now cleaned out & you get that beautiful 3D effect. I even use a brissle brush while washing to reay raise tthe grain. Takes a lot more time & effort but well worth it on beautiful wood. Alcohol will dissolve wax it you want to go back to sanding stage.
  9. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 2 years ago
    thanks blunderbuss2. i had read on several sites to never thoroughly wet the redwood or i'd never get it smooth - because of the way that it absorbs the water and holds on to it. have you used this method on redwood before?
  10. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 2 years ago
    Ho2, if you are talking about soft redwoods that is probably true. Where I live, redwoods means HARD wood. Your piece looked like burle. Our redwoods are dry in 10 mins because they don't absorb. If you are dealing with soft western U.S. red woods, forget my method as I'm referring to real wood. Our redwoods you can drill, tape with a machine thread & tighten a machine thread bolt into. In other words, it depends on the closeness of the grain of you wood.
  11. bratjdd bratjdd, 2 years ago
    Amazing!!!
  12. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 2 years ago
    thanks bratjdd.

    redwoods only grow within 50 miles of the coast of california and southern oregon [except the dawn redwood which is found in a remote section of china]. although redwood seems hard [particularly burl wood], it is considered a 'soft' wood and is very absorbant - but only if it enters the end grain - and burl wood has grain in every direction. redwood 'breathes' over time also - which is why using polyurethane on it is not a good idea and is what causes bubbling and peeling over a long period of time.
  13. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 2 years ago
    All the hard red coloured woods from Central & S. America are grouped under the name "redwoods" or "Bois rouge". I'm sure it would come as a surprise to many people in the U.S. that there is a whole world out here.
  14. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 2 years ago
    in english, we call those woods 'rosewood'. there is only one 'redwood' [one word].
  15. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 2 years ago
    thank you jayhow. redwood burls vary in color from red to pale yellow to almost black - sometimes all in the same piece. the legs on this piece are made from redwood roots - which are often the pale yellow you describe. yes, they are very expensive to purchase now. this one was a yardsale find for $40. i've probably invested $200-250 into it plus a lot of elbow grease!
  16. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 2 years ago
    from what i can tell by comparing w/ others of the same size and quality, between $2000 and 2400 - retail.
  17. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 2 years ago
    i saw some comps for over 3g, but i think that's exorbitant. the main thing which drives the price is the availability and demand for redwood burl wood - which is increasingly rare and difficult to find.
  18. PhilDavidAlexanderMorris PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, 2 years ago
    Really a beautiful table, the Redwood also goes up and into British Columbia. A new friend who died had the nicest one I had ever seen to this day, wish I would have been left that table. Looks like you sure did a nice job on the finish !~
  19. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 2 years ago
    Still to give the best finish, use my method. Phil, "A new friend who died"? Did you think he had left the table to you in his Will? LOL
  20. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 2 years ago
    redwood doesn't grow naturally up in british colombia - nor washington. the furthest north it grows is in southern oregon. it's almost entirely found in california.
  21. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 2 years ago
    If it is, or could be grown in B.C., bet the gov't wouldn't allow it to be cut as others do. Not exactly a candidate for reforrestation like pines.
  22. PhilDavidAlexanderMorris PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, 1 year ago
    The new friend was a girl not a guy blunderbuss. The Sequoiadendron giganteum does grow in b.c. but not the Sequoia sempervirens species which is the coastal one.
  23. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 1 year ago
    Hi phildavid.... Sequoiadendron giganteum only grows naturally in California as well.

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