Cabinets, Furniture, Woodworks/rosewood table repair

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Hello Greig
I have a circular rosewood table with inlaid brass decoration on the face of the table and on the legs. The diameter is 56cm's and I would say 10cm's from the edge the wood has faded. Now I am a bit nervous about treating a table that I have no knowledge of. What would you use as a quick and easy remedy without spoiling the table, could you tell me what I would need and what steps could be taken. Any advice you could give me would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for your time Greig all the best.

Best wishes

Colin weaver

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Hey Colin, sorry for the late reply. I would take some mineral spirits and wipe down the table...if it looks wonderful when wet, (it likely will), then you can find some Watco Danish oil finish in Medium walnut and apply a few coats of that.The key is VERY thin coats, and allowing 24hrs. between coats. Apply with a brush fairly liberally, allow to penetrate for a few minutes and then wipe off leaving a very thin film. If it doesn't look good wet, meaning discolored patches, strange color differences, etc..then further restoration will be necessary. Feel free to post back.
Regards, Greg

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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.

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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.

Publications
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")

Education/Credentials
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.

Past/Present Clients
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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