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Gerald Schmiedicke wrote at 2013-01-14 16:32:06
Some of the information included in the initial response was useful and, unfortunately, some misleading and just plain wrong.  In the first place 4-7 hours to completely strip and neutralize a 36" entry door would be a very ambitious under taking.  At the same time the local estimate of 1000 hours was patently ridiculous!  Even on new items the stripping process may take more than one application.  I believe the answer also assumed that the finish factory applied was a varnish stain which does remove easier.  The questioner seemed to indicate that the factory used a two step process; if so removal of the stain base coat could prove to be very difficult.  For door and side lights up to 8' x 8' I usually allow for about 48 hours (as the refinish is usually a three step process that often requires a day of rest in between steps the actual in-shop work time may actually extend for 2-3 weeks) in my estimates and actually charge on a cost plus basis.  As an aside it is really unfortunate that your supplier is so unreliable.  Try talking to the factory rep about a return.  I find that they are much more concerned about image and will often go the extra mile to protect their public image.  I have been refinishing and finishing for over 50 years and seldom have a complaint on quality or durability.

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Questions on Woodworking, wood finishing and refinishing of all kinds, repairing furniture and wooden objects, Architectural details, Woodturning, carving, tool usage, product usage, some chemistry as it applies to woodworking and related interests,cabinet making and furniture construction/design, etc. I have experience with all manners of colorants, finishes, paints, stains, dyes, glazes, and coatings, wood species recognition and usage,tool recommendations, blade types and recommendation,techniques and methods for many Woodworking related issues, etc.


Fine furniture restorer and cabinet maker for over 30 years,serving high end Antique dealers, Interior designers, Collectors in the CT area. Consulting for area Painting/Decorating and Building contractors on non painting issues..(staining, wood prep.,clear finishing, floor restoration and architectural detail restoration and repair, etc.) Sold, built, serviced, setup Home, Industrial, and Commercial stationary woodworking tools for a major tool retailer in CT. for three years, sold hand and power tools , provided knowledge, parts replacement, service, and on site service, Trade show Demo, and training as well.

Published in Fine Woodworking Magazine (12/97), included on Fine Woodworkings first "Best of Fine Woodworking" CD-ROM (2002) ...("27 year compilation of expert know-how")

Art School at Silvermine Guild in Norwalk, CT., 9 year apprenticeship in a European run Cabinet and Restoration shop in CT., various classes on subjects having to do with the field. Seminars from major Tool manufacturers, Skil/Bosch, Delta, Powermatic, Ritter, Porter cable, Milwaukee, Dewalt/B&Decker, Performax.

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Many varied clients including work on Martha Stewarts' Westport, CT. show house, many fine Antique dealers and private collectors in and around Fairfield County and in Woodbury, CT. (the Antiques capital of CT.), Golden Age of Trucking Museum,Consulting for area Painting/Decorating and Building contractors on non painting issues..(staining, wood prep.,clear finishing, floor restoration and architectural detail restoration and repair, etc.), local Museums and Historical Societies. For the last two years I have been employed with Schwenke Auctioneers Inc.- Woodbury Auction LLC., as a staff photographer,IT tech,and doing restoration and repair work as well.

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