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Old 03-28-2006, 10:23 PM   #141
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My 67 Safari has elm veneer on all the wood interior parts. I know as I worked in a veneer plant for years. There is very little difference in elm, ash and oak. I can't tell from the pictures what yours is. Elm has a very fine herringbone pattern between the gain lines and ash doesn't. Oak has what looks like pinholes in the grain lines. Finished no one will know the difference
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Old 03-28-2006, 10:45 PM   #142
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Diane when do you sleep???
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Old 03-28-2006, 10:49 PM   #143
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My 67 Safari has elm veneer on all the wood interior parts. I know as I worked in a veneer plant for years. There is very little difference in elm, ash and oak. I can't tell from the pictures what yours is. Elm has a very fine herringbone pattern between the gain lines and ash doesn't. Oak has what looks like pinholes in the grain lines. Finished no one will know the difference
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Thanks for this info, Doug! When I make a side-by-side comparison of the oak and whatever the exsisting veneer is I can tell you I have the feeling it's slightly different, so I am guessing it's either ash or elm. I will have to take a closer look myself at the pattern between the grain lines to decide which it really is. That's good news about it blending in. Now that I finally found some veneer I just want to complete this task and move on to the next...Diane
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Old 03-28-2006, 10:52 PM   #144
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Diane when do you sleep???
....uh...at work???
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Old 03-29-2006, 09:03 AM   #145
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Hi Diane,

Your red oak will look great. We had to replace several pieces and used oak, and once we had the oil finish on them, you couldn't tell which was old and which was new. Good luck - your woodwork is looking wonderful!
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Old 04-03-2006, 07:18 PM   #146
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progress 4/1...

Got most of the galleyside cabinet done this weekend. Drilled out all the dowel holes and installed new dowels and joined the shell together. Sure is nice to have it mostly in one piece again.
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Old 04-03-2006, 07:37 PM   #147
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Your red oak will look great. We had to replace several pieces and used oak, and once we had the oil finish on them, you couldn't tell which was old and which was new. Good luck - your woodwork is looking wonderful!
Thanks Mel! Well, Now I am sure my exsisting woodwork is not red oak because I finished the door veneer attachment this weekend and it isn't exactly the same. The red oak is...well, red and the original wood is more of a golden hue. But, as you say, it's really not that far off and it looks a whole lot better than it did with the chipped door veneer. Replacing veneer is actually very easy. The first thing I did was to remove the old veneer. I accomplished this using an iron set on high with an old cotton tee shirt to protect the wood. My goal was to remove the old wood as intact as possible in case I needed a small bit of it down the line. I was able to get most of it off in one piece (had a nice shot of this but I don't seem to have filed it where it's supposed to be).

Trimming the veneer is easy if you use a sharp straight edge. Just make sure you cut the veneer larger than you need it. You only get once chance to fit it in place. Here are pictures of the veneer being scraped off and the trimming of the new...
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Having cleaned off the closet door face from old veneer and giving it a light sanding I coated it with a layer of wood glue and applied the new veneer. I made sure it was smooth and weighed it down overnight with a variety of basement objects (paint cans, 6 volt batteries, etc) to ensure proper bonding. The next day I trimmed off the excess (that second picture in the last frame should go here now) and after hitting the new veneer with a light sanding was able to apply the tung oil sealer. I'm pretty happy with how it came out... Here's some pictures of the finished, but unsealed door.
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Old 04-03-2006, 09:21 PM   #149
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Looks great! You're making me sick with all of this ambition...
But my flower beds are done...
(even though I can't move today due to sore muscles... )
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It's cold and rainy outside, so I'm inside sanding....

After a couple of weeks hiatus it's back to the workshop again, this time to work on the curbside gaucho with my son Matt. I never knew this before but it slides out to make a larger bed! How cool is that? Man, the folks at Airsteam thought of everything!

Today we disassembled everything and sanded it all down. The veneer on the side had sustained water damage and was chipped in places, so we ironed it off and right now it's getting a new oak piece of veneering glued on. Can't do much more until it's set. I had a couple of pictures of Matt assisting me but the server is too busy to allow me to attach them....It was fun having company for a change!
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Diane,
You're quite the wood worker! I just took a peek at your pictures n the older posts. Right on!
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Say Folks,

Where did you all pick up weatherstripping for your windows? I need to replace mine all the way around. Did I miss a thread on this topic? It looks like a nice warm-up job to tackling this restoration.

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