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    Repair and new finish for veneer - advice?

    Hi, I normally clean and re finish solid wood but this is a veneer I would like to do well. I believe English oak. I was thinking to try stripping by using a scraper. Cleaning would be using...
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    Hospital bed workbench upgrade

    I've used this bed for a while with another undersized board to support things while I sand and paint them.

    Now I want to use it for actual woodwork. I thought about building a bench to go over...
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    Current table height is 86cm (34"). My small one...

    Current table height is 86cm (34"). My small one has table height of 106cm (-42"). This is very heavy even without motor so I may have to limit trying to lift it too much. Now I can see the motor...
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    I think you are right and probably the way I have...

    I think you are right and probably the way I have to go. Just want to try and make it mobile.
  5. Finally got back to this vice and it was easier...

    Finally got back to this vice and it was easier than I expected. Once I separated the quick release handle from the long bar I was able to gradually remove the bar. Seems is was badly rusted inside...
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    Unknown old band saw needs motor added

    Hi,
    I bought this bands aw some time ago and now ant to get it operational. It's approximately a 20 inch unit. There was no motor when I got it so don't have a clue except for a bolt hole on the...
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    Cup seal for older Wagner HVLP unit

    Hi I have an older Wagner HVLP unit needing the cup seal replaced. I haven't been able to even find the unit listed so gave up on the parts. Can anyone tell me the right name of the seal material and...
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    My first one was from the Council Recycling...

    My first one was from the Council Recycling centre.
    I have been offered another pair but they are not recliners that I really wanted for our sewing / reading room :)
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    Hi Arron, Your post is extremely helpful and...

    Hi Arron,
    Your post is extremely helpful and greatly appreciated.

    My first MCM was meant just for me but it seems everyone in the family enjoys it so much I have to fight to get it back.

    I've...
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    Trialed Danish Oil and Tung Oil on the underside...

    Trialed Danish Oil and Tung Oil on the underside of an arm. She who chooses colour better than I can told me "Danish Oil". First photo shows Danish Oil on the left and Tung Oil on the right. Second...
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    Not getting the opportunity to work on these as I...

    Not getting the opportunity to work on these as I would have liked but a couple hours this afternoon got one cleaned back to the wood and the only marks I can find are "Lane" on the hinges.
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    Mid century recliner chairs

    I have been watching for a decent matching pair of MC recliners to restore and use in reading room. Got the bug after finding one for $10 and found I kept sitting in it and enjoying it. I never...
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    I have been getting them for local recycle centre...

    I have been getting them for local recycle centre for $100 to $150.
    I have had opportunity of bidding for them through government site disposing of hospital goods.
    It's always a risk on the...
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    It's linear actuator technology which for me is...

    It's linear actuator technology which for me is far safer than the older hydraulic cylinder supported benches. Basically an electric drive powers your screw drive similar to to you driving your vice....
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    Sorry for delay but we were away. Stripped side...

    Sorry for delay but we were away. Stripped side rails and tilt section (frame was broken) and added simple board. Raise ad lower via controller. Wheels are nice and large and can be locked to...
  16. Hi John, Thanks for the offer but after...

    Hi John,
    Thanks for the offer but after dismantling I realised there is only one thing to adjust. The future maintenance will be beyond what a manual would provide. I have seen another for $10 so...
  17. It took a lot and the soles aren't the greatest...

    It took a lot and the soles aren't the greatest as they have plenty of pitted holes. Glad I did strip and clean as it had eggs and some sort of ants nest inside. Gave the commutator a gentle clean as...
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    Next step ready

    Ready for the next painting tomorrow. Really appreciating the electric drive raise and lower work bench as it makes it so much easier to sit and move the piece to my height. Looking for ideas to put...
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    Simple silky oak sideboard getting new life

    Firs up sorry I don't have pictures of the original piece before sanding but it was a typical brown to black aged piece showing no signs of silky oak. Not a great value piece so no real attempt to...
  20. Hitachi F20A planer clean up and use as jointer

    Looking for help with manual as I can't seem to find one of the Internet.

    I bought this with a load of other electrical tools. For $20 the lot I thought it was a steal. Reality is they had been...
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    Wow

    Wow my hat is of to you. Just reading your post makes it seem so easy but I'm sure that it certainly isn't. I hope to read more of your posts. :)
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    Mahogany table to get new life

    Got this table of a friend before it was broken down. Missed early photo showing the gouging on it but I had to go all the way and sand it.
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    Added Feast and Watson sanding sealer (my first...
  23. Ssshhh ... I tell my wife "Look how much money I...

    Ssshhh ... I tell my wife "Look how much money I saved by not buying this new" :) Don't tell her I'm working for $5/hr
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    Finally after soaking the covers (the water was...

    Finally after soaking the covers (the water was black :( ) they are returned. It did feel like there was some shrinkage. The darkness at the front is just my shadow :)

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  25. Cleaning scratch awl, set square, saw and screw driver

    Don't know much about the history of these but thought I would try and clean then up with steel wool and sand paper and then use Danish oil to protect them. I would really like to use them all again...
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    After 3 lots of Danish oil I have reinstalled the...

    After 3 lots of Danish oil I have reinstalled the frame and the cushions wait for cleaned covers.
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    I have the cups and lots of needles but had no...

    I have the cups and lots of needles but had no idea they could only be used once. Nickel plating may be the final way to go. Thank you for the very helpful information :U
  28. Totally agree with Rob :)

    Totally agree with Rob :)
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    Thank you Ian, I now see top heavy as an issue....

    Thank you Ian, I now see top heavy as an issue.
    I might look into making it into a different type of what-not or recycling it into use with other red cedar furniture I have.
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    78 wind up record player

    Finally getting to play music from the era of a lot of my furniture. Someone had stripped the cover and I'm experimenting to get colour into the shellac and hopefully match the rest of the record...
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    What-not red cedar

    I want to bring this back to functional life and looking for recommendations. One leg is missing and one of the tips has been broken off. I didn't get the the leg or tip so I can't repair. For the...
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    Quilt stand to become towel rack

    Not sure how old or what the wood is but I have washed with Sunlight soap and now would like to apply a high gloss polyurethane so that it can be used as towel rack in bathroom. Has anyone any idea...
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    70's recliner chair

    Bought this for $10 because I kept sitting in it and finally found a chair that supports me (I'm usually too long in the body) when I recline in it.

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    Scraped and then sanded with 600 to get...
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    Welcome peacay, With the raised hairs I would...

    Welcome peacay,
    With the raised hairs I would suggest a like scrape over with a sharp razor blade type scraper. Personally I would mix some shellac with metholated spirits and put on tops I have...
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    1920's silky oak chair?

    Hi, it's been a while but starting to get back to some restorations again. Looking for any information on this chair that I picked up. I was told it was from the 1920's. I've not seen the style...
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    At 90% complete I decided to add the castor...

    At 90% complete I decided to add the castor wheels and bring into the house to start using it.
    The hunt for original size hinge will continue as will it for the screen material for the side.
    I hope...
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    Thanks to the advice on this site I have finally...

    Thanks to the advice on this site I have finally gently cleaned and then added shellac to protect the hand painting.
    Still have to repair the mache on the bottom and add missing mother of pearl...
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    Papier-mâché Victorian chess tilt table

    This has been a slow nervous job as I didn't want to ruin a piece of history.
    The bottom was broken and my attempts to glue it back together were just not enough to support the load so finally I...
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    Finally decided to implement a temporary repair...

    Finally decided to implement a temporary repair replacing the 2 original screws and adding 2 new long ones at a new angle.
    For the missing bolts I have just run with a new 3/16 UNC coarse thread...
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    That is a nice piece. I like the honesty :) Must...

    That is a nice piece. I like the honesty :)
    Must admit I have too many pieces on the go but decided some will have to have temporary repairs so they can be progressed and then decide if their big...
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    REally enjoyed that :)

    REally enjoyed that :)
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    Eureka!!!! Thank you :)

    Eureka!!!!
    Thank you :)
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    Nothng so far but I hope to start the clean on...

    Nothng so far but I hope to start the clean on the week end :)
  44. Thought this might be of interest for cleaning...

    Thought this might be of interest for cleaning https://www.theurbanvintageaffair.com/en-GB/caring-for-your-antiques/page_303
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    Only 90% complete as I still have some scratches...

    Only 90% complete as I still have some scratches to repair but at least out of the many items I have on the go this old unit has a new lease on life in our lounge room. The glass certainly seemed to...
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    Bench drill hand powered

    I was so happy to have scored this drill and in working condition. I'm interested to understand how old they are.

    My plans are to spray with degreaser and then either scrub clean or pressure...
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    Sadly no reaction to metholated spirits. It was a...

    Sadly no reaction to metholated spirits. It was a busy weekend cleaning up so the chair will have to wait another week :)
    I must admit I have started collecting pictures of people from the past in...
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    Chair silky oak

    It's nothing really refined or remarkable but I think this is a reasonable sample of Australian everyday furniture that most people would have used (maybe different materials in other areas of the...
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    A bit of raw restoration humour

    Yesterday I did a quick rewarding restoration starting with this ....

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    to become this .....

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    (Red cedar, we believe someone chainsawed a wardrobe, sniff sniff)
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    Finally took another step with this one as I...

    Finally took another step with this one as I started applying shellac today and will hopefully apply many layers and then hopefully find a top.

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