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Old 01-30-2016, 11:39 AM
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Nice! I'm looking forward to see how it turns out.
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Old 01-30-2016, 08:01 PM
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Applied stain. Now it's drying. I have fluorescent lighting in the garage and rows and rows of it. Fluorescent light tends to make everything a bit sallow looking. I brought a drawer inside the house to check out the color and it's perfect. It's darker and more red than it appears here. It's going to be beautiful.

The trim in the middle is going to be very dark, almost black. It'll likely look black most of the time. But I need to wait for this stain to dry so I can mask off the trim pieces. At the same time, the wood in the cabinet is refusing to soak up much stain. I'll see how it goes but I may be applying more stain tomorrow meaning I have to wait another day before I can do the trim.

At the same time, I'm trying to beat a cold front that's going to come through this week. It needs to be above 50 for at least 8 hours after I apply the finish. If I can't get it done, I'll have to wait until the weekend.
I'm doing this in the garage with the door open. If I did this in my house, the fumes will trigger a migraine. I'd rather wait a week than have to deal with a migraine.

Edit: Also, I found an ink well for this desk on ebay. Twenty bucks. I snatched it up despite the cost. It seems they rarely get listed away from the desk. It'll be nice to have a complete desk. I'm a writer by trade so it's fitting. I do have a fountain pen and ink and I doubt I'll use the ink well. But I never know what I'll be up to.

If I can find a manual from 1941, this machine and cabinet will be as complete as it was when waiting for its first owner to purchase the combo.
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Old 01-31-2016, 07:16 AM
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Sammie1 - Thanks for all the info on the cleaning. I have an older treadle that I need to clean up and have been stalling getting started due to lack of knowledge and a bit of fear. I really didn't want to ruin it. Now....maybe I can break out of this inertia.
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Old 01-31-2016, 07:52 AM
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Originally Posted by Sammie1 View Post
I have a feeling that no matter what you do to these things, someone will say it was the wrong thing to do. :P

As always YMMV.
I agree. There are always lots of opinions on all sides.

Good job on that machine. It looks amazing!

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Old 01-31-2016, 08:12 AM
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Originally Posted by Barb in Louisiana View Post
Sammie1 - Thanks for all the info on the cleaning. I have an older treadle that I need to clean up and have been stalling getting started due to lack of knowledge and a bit of fear. I really didn't want to ruin it. Now....maybe I can break out of this inertia.

Just try whatever process you decide on a small area. I know kerosene is widely accepted for cleaning. This time of year you're more likely to be able to find it but it may be difficult.
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Old 02-05-2016, 07:26 PM
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The desk is refinished and curing so my attention has turned to the stool. The set up just begged for something special so I recovered the stool in a faux fur. Tomorrow I'll pick up some glue to recover the vinyl sides. Here's the before and after for the seat.
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I'm not typically a fan of cowhide but this looks good. Huge improvement from before photo.
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Old 02-06-2016, 05:29 PM
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And here it is finished!
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Old 02-06-2016, 08:37 PM
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Wow!!! You have done such a lovely job on this! Just beautiful!!!
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Old 06-22-2017, 05:21 AM
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Gorgeous and unique! I have been looking for a cabinet like this for my 15-91 instead of the one it came in. Great inspiration! Thanks for posting.
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