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sealed end grain with oil finish

American Woodworker 49

sealed end grain with oil finish

American Woodworker 49

Match New and Old Walnut *

replacement part

completed repair

Replacement parts made of new walnut must be artificially aged to match antique walnut.

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Aged Walnut Dye Recipe

1 part red

2 parts yellow 1/2 part black

As walnut ages, its color changes. Matching the cool, charcoal-gray color of new kiln-dried walnut to the mellow mahogany red or amber gold of aged walnut is a challenge faced by anyone who repairs old furniture.

In most cases the first step is to lighten the new walnut, using nvo-part wood bleach, which is available at most hardware and paint stores (Step 1, below). Apply the bleach according to ihe instructions on the containers. Allow the bleached surface to dry. Then lightly sand the surfac e with 220-grit sandpaper.

Once the wood has been lightened, mix dye to match the lightest, most prevalent color ol the old walnut (Step 2). To match old reddish-colored walnut (shown here), start with "aged walnut" dye (recipe at right) and adjust the color to match your wood. The process of dyeing and glazing (Slep .'5) is the same ;ls for making sapwood disappear (page 48).

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Leave extra glaze in the recesses around the turnings to duplicate the aged finish on the other legs.

Replacement parts made of new walnut must be artificially aged to match antique walnut.

broken original

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