I have had an old oak 4-drawer file cabinet in storage for a number of years waiting for the right time to restore it, or perhaps make it better than it ever was. With a little sandpaper, some wood glue, stain and sealer, what was probably a file cabinet in a 1960’s office turns into a fine piece of furniture that has unique character and warmth that you just can’t find in a comparable cabinet built today. Following progressively lighter sanding with a palm sander and then steel wool, I finished the entire exterior with two coats of English Chestnut stain.  Another round of sanding with #00000 steel wool and I completed the finish with three coats of tung oil, lightly sanding between coats. The finished product has a deep and rich color that fits perfectly with the other furniture I have built for my wife’s office. Great job – those things still serve a purpose and fetch a decent amount in the right store. Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.
I have always collected antiques, even having stuffed a large oak rocking chair in my tiny dorm room in college. Rather than beating the top with a chain, I use a hammer to carefully place a few shallow dents.
I then grab a small nail and use it and the hammer to produce a few clusters of worm holes, often found in antiques that have been home to some powder-post beetles.
The final step: two or three hand-rubbed coats of Minwax® Antique Oil Finish for a satin, yet protective, sheen. Author-craftsman Bruce Johnson has introduced millions of do-it-yourselfers, craftspeople and antique collectors to the world of wood finishing and antique restoration. An expert in wood refinishing, antique restoration, and home improvement, Bruce has published more than a dozen books on these topics, including Fifty Simple Ways To Save Your House, The Wood Finisher, The Weekend Refinisher, and The Official Identification and Price Guide to the Arts and Crafts Movement.
A rare combination of craftsman and journalist, Johnson began his career as a high school English teacher, but left teaching to set up his "Knock on Wood Antique Repair & Restoration" shop. Johnson is also the founder and director of the Arts and Crafts Conference and Antique Show held every February in Asheville, North Carolina, at the Grove Park Inn.
Coming from a family of DIYers, I have great memories helping with projects in my dad's basement workshop and refinishing antiques in my grandmother's back yard. Whether you are installing a new hardwood floor, refinishing an old one, or just keeping your existing floor looking good as new, Minwax® has a full range of products to make and keep your floors beautiful. Minwax offers a variety of easy-to-use products to help clean and repair wood that is chipped, cracked, scratched, even decayed, to its original beauty.
Natural and synthetic bristle brushes specifically designed for use with Minwax® wood finishing products. Does anyone know where I can buy or get a coarse rasp for Bow Making and what they do and are? International Shipping - items may be subject to customs processing depending on the item's declared value.


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As the official spokesperson for Minwax®, the leading manufacturer of wood finishing and wood care products, Bruce motivates people to take the initiative to beautify their surroundings. He spent the next 10 years as a full-time professional refinisher, but eventually returned to writing. The conference, which includes the largest Arts and Crafts antiques show, attracts more than 1500 Arts and Crafts collectors each year to its many seminars, tours, demonstrations and exhibits.


What makes our eyes see them as a low luster finish are either particles put in the finish during manufacturing or thousands of minute scratches in the top of the finish after it dries. It was there I fell in love with the beauty of the grain of the wood, either hidden beneath an old dark finish or highlighted with a new coat of stain.
Minwax® preparation products are the first step to ensure your wood surfaces show their most beautiful colors and smoothest finishes. Turn to Minwax® to add rich color and durable protection to your wood project in a single step. For superior durability and long-lasting beauty, the choice is clear—protective clear finishes from Minwax! Contact the seller- opens in a new window or tab and request a shipping method to your location. Contact the seller- opens in a new window or tab and request a postage method to your location. So here are a few tips for making a new, inexpensive piece of unfinished furniture look like a vintage antique. Through his many books, magazine articles and columns, as well as frequent appearances on national television talk shows, Johnson is recognized as an authority in the do-it-yourself community. Yet, Johnson says, he won't ever be without a workbench and a couple of refinishing projects down in the basement. Johnson is proud to have played a role in reviving interest in designers like Gustav Stickley, who founded the Arts and Crafts movement. I’ve had success dulling down a gloss finish using either #0000 steel wool or extremely fine synthetic pads to very lightly rub the top of the dried finish evenly to make it less shiny.
Ever since then I have always had a project going, whether it be restoring an old house, keeping up with a new one, bringing old furniture back to life, or working with new wood. If you reside in an EU member state besides UK, import VAT on this purchase is not recoverable. Appearing on PBS, HGTV, The Discovery Channel, and currently hosting “DIY Woodworking” and “Build A Log Cabin”, on the DIY cable network, Johnson has brought the illustrious craft of wood finishing to the forefront of the American home. His latest book, “Grove Park Inn Arts & Crafts Furniture,” was awarded the 2009 Thomas Wolfe Literary Award. As my wife will attest, I love projects, but just as important I love sharing my experiences with others through my books, articles, columns -- and now this blog! These furnishings are treasured by such collectors as Steven Spielberg and Bruce Willis, among many others.



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