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Options to finish 95yr old chest needed

It's my mothers and is over 95 yrs old cedar chest. Looking for ideas to enhance current finish to display in our home. Don't think I want to tackle anything too involved.

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post #2 of 9 Old 02-08-2020, 09:42 PM
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Strip it sand it, stain it with vandyke brown, use shellac to finish ad go over it with a coat of wax
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Strip it sand it, stain it with vandyke brown, use shellac to finish ad go over it with a coat of wax
Would like too... but that's above my skill level to do a complete restore.

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post #4 of 9 Old 02-09-2020, 05:51 PM
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Get some denatured alcohol ....

use a Q tip and put a drop on the finish and see it "melts" into it. If so, it's shellac and you can use the alcohol to blend the existing finish into the bare wood. then apply another wipe on coat of shellac and see how it looks.



It it doesn't melt the existing finish, try the same with lacquer thinner. If that melts it, it means its a lacquer or possibly a varnish. Formby's refinish solution is another choice. I believe that is a MEK based product..... but possibly a lacquer thinner base?

https://www.walmart.com/ip/Formby-s-...isher/22209608


Read this:
https://www.finewoodworking.com/foru...bys-refinisher


Acetone is another powerful solvent. BEWARE of the product warnings on all of these chemical. the can be dangerous and harmful!

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update now that we're " stay at home" order. lacquer was the only thing that would soften the finish but took awhile. At this time I'm thinking to strip only the top and refinish with (?) and rub down the rest with lacquer just to clean up some and keep the old look. Inside still has the cedar odor but the outside covered with veneer layer. I added photos and one showing the joint that was used. does it help "date" the chest?
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forgot, should a general stripper work? Also found once finish was soft the back side of razor blade I could scrape it off.

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Used stripper on top.... I'm happy
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All finished...
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looks good! top only was going to be my recommendation, until i read further...
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