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QUESTION: For the last several years, 12 year old cherry cabinets have an occasional "white haze" on them.  I have to really rub hard with a good dusting cloth to remove the haze.  It is not on all of the cabinets.... inside doors on some, outside door on others. These were very expensive Grabill cabinets and I would like them to look like the cherry they are.  Thanks.

ANSWER: Hi this haze near the areas of the kitchen that experience high humidity? (over the dishwasher, sink area, etc.)and is this a relatively new phenomena?...or has it happened since you've first owned them?...please post back- regards- Greg

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QUESTION: Thanks for asking for clarification. It is most common on the cabinets next to the refrigerator and has been occuring for last 5-6 years.

Hard to know what could be causing this....are these areas where someone touches? The fact that it does rub off makes it sound as though it is not something coming from the cabinets, but rather something from hands, or another source...but the fact that it's most prevalent near the fridge, and sometimes inside the cabinets is also it all over an area, or just in small spots?It may also be a good idea to contact the manufacturer and inquire...perhaps someone else has reported this as well.


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Greg Scholl


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,usage,etc.


Fine furniture restorer and cabinet maker for over 30 years,serving high end Antique dealers, Interior designers, Collectors in the CT area. 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, and offered instruction on use and care as well.I even have some Trade show Demo experience.

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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"),Multiple times in Family Handyman Magazine, local newspapers as well.

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 by Major tool manufacturers, Delta, Powermatic, Performax, Porter Cable, Skil/Bosch to name a few.

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.)
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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