Finding old furniture

Old 12-15-02, 12:56 PM
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Finding old furniture

Are there places where one would be likely to find good quality furniture that needs refinishing?

Only place I can think of is swap meets.

Also related to this is the finish that the existing furniture has. I know a lot of modern, medium grade furniture has conversion finishes which are difficult to strip. Is there a rule of thumb to determine what type of finish a piece of furniture has based on age, appearance, quality etc?

Old 12-16-02, 05:57 PM
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"Antique" shops, estate sales, garage sales, moving sales, want ads. If the finish comes off with denatured alcohol, then it is shellac. If it comes off with lacquer thinner, then it is lacquer. If it softens readily with lacquer thinner, it may be plain varnish.

Methylene chloride will remove almost anything except water based polyurethane.

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