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QUESTION: I have a Real Wood Carrywood Armoire and on the inside self I got Toothpaste and Cologne Stains on it.

I thought I could wipe it up with Soap and Water but I was a little to hard with my Fingernails and I toockup the Top Wood.

So now I have the Stains and Big Big Scaches.

You can see the White Wood under the Charrywood.

I do not want to mass it up more what do I do?

ANSWER: Hey Bob, are you sure it's actually wood? Can you post a picture or two?
Regards, Greg

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QUESTION: I uploaded a Photo of the wood with the Deep Scratches in it and Toothpast Stains.

And it is real wood I got it at Raymour and Flanigan.

Hi Bob, it's likely a veneered panel,...may not be Cherry (a more common wood like Maple or Birch stained and finished to look like Cherry..) and this is not a job for a novice. Likely the whole shelf will need to be stripped and refinished to match, which will require the services of a Pro finisher....especially to effect a match to the factory finish.This is not an easy job, and requires the skills, materials, and knowledge of how to do that. Post back if need be...


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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,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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