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    Quote Originally Posted by cabbagepatchkid
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    Cleaning solutions needed:
    Solution One--4parts white venegar, 4parts boiled linseed oil, 4parts mineral spirits, 1part denatured alcohol and 3-4 drops of household ammonia.
    Where can I purchase mineral spirits and denatured alcohol? Are mineral spirits and mineral oil the same thing?
    Thanks Glenn, I'm going to give this method a try.
    You can buy the denatured alcohol and the mineral spritis from Lowes or home depot. Any hard ware store will have them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by milp04
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    Cleaning solutions needed:
    Solution One--4parts white venegar, 4parts boiled linseed oil, 4parts mineral spirits, 1part denatured alcohol and 3-4 drops of household ammonia.

    Solution Two--4parts mineral spirits, 1part boiled linseed oil

    Stept 1-- with a course lint free cloth(blue jeans is good) charge the cloth with Solution one and rub in a circular motion, turning a recharging the rag with solution one. Replace rag as it gets dirty. Continue until the whole is cleaned. Hard to clean areas use 0000steel wool with the solution. The final wipe down should be with the grain of the wood. This finish will be cloudy and dry looking at this point.

    Step 2--with a lint free cloth charged with Solution Two rub in a circular motion turning rag and recharging with solution two. Replace rag as it gets dirty. Continue until the whole is cleaned and the finish is not cloudy and dry lookeing. Finish by wiping the whole with only minaral spirits.

    Step 3-- Apply a good coat of wax( such as a tinted briwax or any of the antique paste waxes that can be found in antique stores) according to the directions on the can. Apply thinly and buff like crazy to a nice clean shine. The looks of the piece can be maintained by waxing once a year and regular dusting and buff to shine. Nothing else needs to be done. I do not recommend endust or pledge. No need for lemon oil or anything.

    This is the accepted method of proff antique restorers. After you can say I did not refinish the piece I restored the finish. Happy cleaning Glenn

    Thanks so much for posting this information.

    I do have a question for you. Another posting asked about what to do with the treadle that was dusted and rusted, would you be so kind as to give your answer as a posting here? It would help any others reading now and in the future who are searching how to restore their treadle machines and cabinets.

    Thanks so much.

    Pam M
    you can clean them and sand them and repaint them. Or you can clean them and oil them down and they should look good. I usually have them sand blasted and then repaint them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by milp04
    Quote Originally Posted by Glenn
    Cleaning solutions needed:
    Solution One--4parts white venegar, 4parts boiled linseed oil, 4parts mineral spirits, 1part denatured alcohol and 3-4 drops of household ammonia.

    Solution Two--4parts mineral spirits, 1part boiled linseed oil

    Stept 1-- with a course lint free cloth(blue jeans is good) charge the cloth with Solution one and rub in a circular motion, turning a recharging the rag with solution one. Replace rag as it gets dirty. Continue until the whole is cleaned. Hard to clean areas use 0000steel wool with the solution. The final wipe down should be with the grain of the wood. This finish will be cloudy and dry looking at this point.

    Step 2--with a lint free cloth charged with Solution Two rub in a circular motion turning rag and recharging with solution two. Replace rag as it gets dirty. Continue until the whole is cleaned and the finish is not cloudy and dry lookeing. Finish by wiping the whole with only minaral spirits.

    Step 3-- Apply a good coat of wax( such as a tinted briwax or any of the antique paste waxes that can be found in antique stores) according to the directions on the can. Apply thinly and buff like crazy to a nice clean shine. The looks of the piece can be maintained by waxing once a year and regular dusting and buff to shine. Nothing else needs to be done. I do not recommend endust or pledge. No need for lemon oil or anything.

    This is the accepted method of proff antique restorers. After you can say I did not refinish the piece I restored the finish. Happy cleaning Glenn

    Thanks so much for posting this information.

    I do have a question for you. Another posting asked about what to do with the treadle that was dusted and rusted, would you be so kind as to give your answer as a posting here? It would help any others reading now and in the future who are searching how to restore their treadle machines and cabinets.

    Thanks so much.

    Pam M
    you can clean them and sand them and repaint them. Or you can clean them and oil them down and they should look good. I usually have them sand blasted and then repaint them.

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    Wanted to bring this one back up too!!

    Glenn is my idol when it comes to woodwork!
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    A lot of good information! Thanks so much. I will give it a shot.
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    This looks fantastic - I've seen all the other ingredients before, but what is and where do you get "boiled linseed oil?"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee View Post
    Wanted to bring this one back up too!!

    Glenn is my idol when it comes to woodwork!
    Yes, me too. I will have a lot of woodworking to do this summer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dandish View Post
    This looks fantastic - I've seen all the other ingredients before, but what is and where do you get "boiled linseed oil?"
    Any hardware store that sells paint should have boiled linseed oil.
    Sweet Caroline

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dandish View Post
    This looks fantastic - I've seen all the other ingredients before, but what is and where do you get "boiled linseed oil?"
    I found it at Wal-Mart.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Glenn View Post
    Cleaning solutions needed:
    Solution One--4parts white venegar, 4parts boiled linseed oil, 4parts mineral spirits, 1part denatured alcohol and 3-4 drops of household ammonia.
    When you say "3-4 drops" of household ammonia how much of the other ingredients are you making up? Thanks!
    ~~Cathy~~

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    With nice weather here, it's time to start the Redeye cabinet. Thank you for sharing your expertise.

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    Thanks for this recipe Glenn. My DH bought me the ingredients today and I am hoping to start cleaning up a sewing machine case tomorrow.

    For those in the UK who may be interested:-
    Mineral Spirits = White Spirits; and denatured alcohol = methylated spirits.

    Clare

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    This is great information. We have an old hutch that we dug out of an old barn and gave it to my daughter, after cleaning it up, however, apparently mice had gotten into the drawers, and my daughter is allergic to rodents. (Apparently the dander from the mice have gotten into the wood over the years. The insides of the drawers are unfinished. Wonder if your method, maybe solution one, would work for cleaning the drawers, or do you or anyone else know of any other solution for getting rid of the allergens left from the mice. The hutch is beautiful, but unuseable the way it is.

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    Thank you so much for this information. We are in the midst of winter here in Saskatchewan, but I can't wait for spring for anothe reason now.

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    I have seen this before, slightly variated though. But, good info which I need soon, thanks for the update.
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    Thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    Thanks Glenn! Can't wait for spring so that I can "Restore" my Mom's treadle. I want her to be beautiful again. Do you have any tips on cleaning the iron on her?

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    Thanks again, Glenn. Another great tut from "the Skipper."

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    Tropit thanks for finding this. Glenn thanks for the tutorial. This might be just what I need for the Singer 27 treadle I'm starting on. There's some veneer that really can't be saved but this should clean up the rest of the wood quite nicely.
    Rodney

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    Any guess what type of veneer this is.

    Does anyone know what type of veneer this
    is? I have to replace part of it. I think mahogany but my husband says it's oak only to find
    out he has a sheet of oak in the garage and I think he's saying that so It will get used up.
    While we're at it any guess on stain color.
    Attachment 470902
    Sharon
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    221K Featherweight 1968 white, 221 Featherweight Centennial,
    221 Featherweight 1948 sad condition I think she wants to be pink

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smorris17119 View Post
    Does anyone know what type of veneer this is? I have to replace part of it. I think mahogany but my husband says it's oak only to find out he has a sheet of oak in the garage and I think he's saying that so It will get used up. While we're at it any guess on stain color.
    Attachment 470902
    Oak it should be. Most of my cabinets appear to have been stained mahogany or dark oak, with age applying a patina. I would try to apply a stain or mix of stains to achieve the best color match.
    Sweet Caroline

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    Quote Originally Posted by Caroline S View Post
    Oak it should be. Most of my cabinets appear to have been stained mahogany or dark oak, with age applying a patina. I would try to apply a stain or mix of stains to achieve the best color match.
    Nooooo please don't tell me my husband was right AGAIN!!! He'll never let me live this down.
    But thank you anyway.
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    221 Featherweight 1948 sad condition I think she wants to be pink

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smorris17119 View Post
    Nooooo please don't tell me my husband was right AGAIN!!! He'll never let me live this down. But thank you anyway.
    Perhaps we are both wrong. Read this interesting link about Singer and it's cabinet factories. If your DH is into wood he should find it interesting also.
    http://www.core77.com/blog/business/...pany_22760.asp
    Sweet Caroline

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    Quote Originally Posted by Caroline S View Post
    Perhaps we are both wrong. Read this interesting link about Singer and it's cabinet factories. If your DH is into wood he should find it interesting also.
    http://www.core77.com/blog/business/...pany_22760.asp
    Wow that was really interesting, who knew but I know people today aren't refinishing these treadle cabinets with gum wood. I'll go with the oak since DH will be happy with a "I told you so" and if it doesn't come out right I can say he told me too.
    Sharon
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    221 Featherweight 1948 sad condition I think she wants to be pink

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    Quote Originally Posted by Caroline S View Post
    Perhaps we are both wrong. Read this interesting link about Singer and it's cabinet factories. If your DH is into wood he should find it interesting also.
    http://www.core77.com/blog/business/...pany_22760.asp
    Thank you Smorris for the link. Great story about veneer and "plywood".
    Thank you Glen for your restoring formula I have used it several times now. I have one question about the cleaning method, should it be don before or after I have glued some pieces back together. I have been cleaning with solution 1 and then gluing. Cleaning up after the glue has dried and then going on with 2 and 3.
    Some of these guys are so grungy they have to be cleaned before hand.
    Helenann

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