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post #1 of 6 Old 07-25-2020, 01:24 PM Thread Starter
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Conant Ball Birch Drop Leaf Dining Room Table refinish

I am doing a new project. I have already sanded the entire table and am getting ready to begin the staining process. I have not worked with Birch before and will be staining the table dark to match the rest of the furniture in the room which is probably antique walnut. I have created a checklist for the next steps and want to share it with the experts in this forum to see if there are any glaring mistakes or hints at making the finished product better:

Step 1: Sand
Step 2: Use Tack cloth to remove dust
Step 3: Apply pre-stain conditioner (unless using gel stain, then skip this step)
Step 4; Apply stain with a brush, then wipe it off with a rag. Let dry at least 24 hours.
Step 5: Apply polyurethane using a good brush, let dry, then lightly sand, repeat 3 times
Step 6: Apply paste finishing wax with 0000 steel wool, buff with auto buffer

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You better make a sample

How about some pictures before and on your process...
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post #3 of 6 Old 07-26-2020, 02:45 PM Thread Starter
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I tested Minwax English Chestnut 223, Early American 239, Red Mahogony 225 (one square treated with pre-stain conditioner and one on bare wood) and Dark Walnut 2716 ((one square treated with pre-stain conditioner and one on bare wood). It's amazing what the conditioning does.
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Conditioner

Here is the bottom after applying conditioner and the drop leaves, one with conditioner, one not. Also does anyone have a good quality 3 inch brush they would recommend?
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I am at the Polyurethane stage. Should I go oil based or water based?
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Well I finished the project. Some small imperfections in the picture that I have no idea where they came from. But it looks good where we put it and my wife likes it so that works for me.
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