How to Restain Old Wood

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Restaining old wood only requires the right tools and a little bit of know how. Find out how to properly restain old wood with help from a 46-year-old master precision craftsman in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Todd Languell "The Flying Furniture Guy," from R&D Woodshop in Scotia, New York. Today, I'm going to talk to you about how to restain old wood. Okay, you can see I've got planks here, these planks are going to be used on a piece of furniture repair but in the condition that they're in there's nothing that I can do with these. You can see the original old saw marks that are, that are in these and this one as well and all the damage that's through there. So in order to get rid of this damage I can use a sander with an 80 grit sandpaper or first what I most likely would do is put them through the planer. This is a Ryobi planer, it has a self drive or a pull drive motor in it that pulls the wood through as it's cutting it and once you take a layer off and you've gonna lower it, take another layer off, you're gonna lower it and take another layer off you can see that these boards, that they come out completely smooth, they show every bit of grain that's in these boards and it'll give you a very nice and useable surface. Okay after you've put these boards through the planer you can see that every almost all the blemishes are gone, you have some here on this board that I'm going to use a repair on that I might just work around but in an overall it is just ready to be used. You're gonna sand it slightly, you can use any type of stain that you want after these boards get reconditioned, you have a prairie wheat which is a gel stain by General Finishes. You have any type of Zar Stains that you can use over the top of these and the Minwax stains. You're gonna follow the instructions on the, on the staining cans and you're gonna use a wipe on rag and wipe it back off and you'd be good to go. You're gonna probably put some polyurethane over the top of it, a couple of coats and that's pretty much it when you go to restaining old wood. I'm Todd Languell "The Flying Furniture Guy," and this was how to restain old wood.


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