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I am in the process of sanding a Drexel dresser and chest that have been in our family for ever.  I would like to re- stain it to look as much as possible as it originally did.  What stain to you suggest and do I just pick a stain that is similar to the original color?  Can you tell by a picture, what kind of wood it is, and it seems to me that there is just a thin layer of veneer?  Am I correct?  Thank you.  Vanita

Hi Vanita
Nice to hear from you.
You are correct its veneer, and a very thin layer.
Now that you have started sanding, I hope its not too late to caution great care must be taken when sanding veneer or you will ruin it.
I would use a Minwax oil stain in "special Walnut" color.
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Eileen Cronk


I can answer most questions about the repairing and refinishing of all your old furniture items (the things we call antiques). I can also give you advice on what wood items to choose and what wood items to avoid at auctions, flea markets etc. I DO NOT give appraisals on antiques as this is not my field of expertise.


I have been repairing, refinishing and of course buying old furniture for the past 30 years. On any given weekend I can be found at auction sales or flea markets searching out a good buy. I have taken several courses in this area over the years, but I find "Hands On" learning to be the best teacher. I can help you avoid the pitfalls and problems of this wonderful rewarding craft.

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