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Refinishing a 100 yr old chair

I'm refinishing a chair that belonged to my grandmother. I believe it is over 100 years old. My question is how is the best way to blend the different wood colors on the seat. I'm planning on putting a pretty dark stain, but wondering if I should use a gel stain, sanding sealer? Here is a pic of it.



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Those colors are not that far apart. If you plan on staining dark...that should take care of it IMO. As for what particular product, can't help you there.
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Those colors are not that far apart. If you plan on staining dark...that should take care of it IMO. As for what particular product, can't help you there.
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Thanks. Finishing is definitely one of my weaknesses. When working with wood I try to just clear coat everything I can and just let the natural beauty of the wood show through.

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Sanding sealer first, then stain it whatever color you want.
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Daren,
Thanks. Finishing is definitely one of my weaknesses. When working with wood I try to just clear coat everything I can and just let the natural beauty of the wood show through.

Rod
Okay, why not do the same with this chair? The grain of the wood looks quite interesting.

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Sanding sealer first, then stain it whatever color you want.
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Here is a picture of it stained. As usual I got in a hurry and went head, but my question is, would the sanding sealer have made this to blend better so the individual boards weren't as noticeable? I'm not sure whether or not I want to cover up the fact that the seat is a glue up.
I'm trying to decide whether or not to sand off the finish on the seat and put on the sanding sealer and re-stain.

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a lot of these lesser expensive chairs were heavily glazed as to almost be a paint of sorts. They had a dark color to them but the grain was rarely visable. I have not glazed in almost 20 years. Go to a good paint store and see if they have any wood tone glazes. Pick the color you want and follow the instructions.

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a lot of these lesser expensive chairs were heavily glazed as to almost be a paint of sorts. They had a dark color to them but the grain was rarely visable. I have not glazed in almost 20 years. Go to a good paint store and see if they have any wood tone glazes. Pick the color you want and follow the instructions.
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I think that is exactly what it had on it. I'm not that familiar with a glaze, but know what you are talking about. I really don't want to go that direction so I think I'm going to just finished the way it is.
Thanks for the info.

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Here is a picture of it stained. As usual I got in a hurry and went head, but my question is, would the sanding sealer have made this to blend better so the individual boards weren't as noticeable? I'm not sure whether or not I want to cover up the fact that the seat is a glue up.
I'm trying to decide whether or not to sand off the finish on the seat and put on the sanding sealer and re-stain.

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From the looks of it it appears that your sanding was eratic. Sanding with the grain is imperative, and I would not go smoother than 150x or 180x. Using the sealer first may prevent stain from penetrating. The differences in colors in the wood sections IMO, adds to the flavor of a wood piece.






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I'm not really sure why you want to hide the fact it is a glue-up?

I agree with all replies above. If you are staining then use sanding sealer first to get an even take-up of colour but make sure you choose a staining product that is compatble with the type of sealer (i.e. shellac or cellulose sealer). The grain pattern does look interesting and I think I would have gone for danish oil with a little stain added - but that is just personal preference.

I did a silmilar project a couple of years ago with an old kitchen table in pine that had a glue-up top. Once I had all the old paint off (I put the legs on my lathe and spun them at low speed to make sanding them down easier) I finished it with clear danish oil to bring out the grain and it looked fine.

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Thanks to all for all of the help. I put the final coat of polyurethane on last night. I might have put the danish oil on if I hadn't already started. It's not perfect but it will be a nice functional chair for us.

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What matters most is that you enjoyed the process of restoration and can now enjoy the chair.

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