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Christy

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Remember this one from last year?  Well, I finally got back to it!

The top was so badly watermarked that even after stripping and sanding, I still couldn't get it all out.  The stain made it better, and more stain seemed to help but once I got to the clear coat it all went to hell.  The clear coat wouldn't dry and remained tacky for weeks.  I tried stripping and then re-doing it and got the same result. After several tries I gave up and let it rest.  I still don't know what the problem was, whether there was too much stain on the wood or if the weather had changed just enough to make drying impossible, BUT things went better this time around!

After couple months of sticky, I searched the internet for answers. One site offered a suggestion that helped.  I wiped the finish down with Mineral Spirits and brought the table indoors with hope the dryer warmer air inside would help.  I had to do it a couple times but was able to get rid of the stickiness.  Then on a day when the weather was clear and warm here, I took it outside and gave it another try.  (I was sure to bring the finish into the house beforehand to let it warm up too!)  

I usually re-finish in the garage to avoid the wind coming up and blowing dust and dirt into the coat, but the garage is still cold inside and I was desperate to get this little cabinet done!   DSC_1041 (700 x 465).jpg  DSC_1044 (600 x 399).jpg  DSC_0096 (700 x 465).jpg  DSC_0097 (700 x 465).jpg


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Beautiful!  Perseverance pays off.
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Very nice job!!  I quit using oil stain as it never appears to dry, which affects what finish is put over the stain.  I now use only water stain, namely Bearchwood Casey walnut stain for gunstocks.  Christy, I have to ask a dumb question...Is this a Martha Washington side table cabinet only, or does a sm hide in there ?  I thought that I had the identical cabinet, until I saw how my lids opened.  There is a White family rotary inside mine and the only sm that I have with left hand knee bar.  I have often thought about having a MW cabinet to match my MW sm.
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Very nice job!!  I quit using oil stain as it never appears to dry, which affects what finish is put over the stain.  I now use only water stain, namely Bearchwood Casey walnut stain for gunstocks.  Christy, I have to ask a dumb question...Is this a Martha Washington side table cabinet only, or does a sm hide in there ?  I thought that I had the identical cabinet, until I saw how my lids opened.  There is a White family rotary inside mine and the only sm that I have with left hand knee bar.  I have often thought about having a MW cabinet to match my MW sm.
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John, from my very limited understanding of it, it's the "style" of cabinet.  I could be wrong though!  I have seen both those with a sewing machine inside and others made only for "goodies".  Mine is different in that it has only one knob per drawer and I've seen others without sewing machines that have two knobs per drawer.

I've also seen some that have a stamp inside saying it's a Martha Washington, but mine doesn't have that.  It could be that mine is a MW wannabee.  [cool]

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Ok,Christy, while you didn't exactly say so, I will assume that your Martha Washington "style" cabinet has drawers that open and no sm.  Of course mine has fake drawer fronts only.  My legs are also tapered square all of the way to the floor.  I pine for a matched MW "style" set of sm and goodies cabinet.  Don't know why............
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Ok,Christy, while you didn't exactly say so, I will assume that your Martha Washington "style" cabinet has drawers that open and no sm.  Of course mine has fake drawer fronts only.  My legs are also tapered square all of the way to the floor.  I pine for a matched MW "style" set of sm and goodies cabinet.  Don't know why............
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Exactly!  Mine has drawers that open and empty bins on the sides-no sewing machine.  It's also a bit smaller than the ones I've seen with sewing machines.  I don't think it's strange at all that you would want a matched set!

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yes there is the MW machine cabinet and a cabinet for sewing supplies. I've also seen 2 pics of child size MW sewing cabinets but don't know if they were real or knock offs.

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What a lovely job you did, restoring that cabinet.  I was lucky enough to get to hold one of those cabinets for a short while, before it got passed on, towards its new owner. 

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