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Russell Brocklehurst02/08/2016 15:13:15
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Hi woodworkers,

I bought an Ercol coffee table at a boot fair that needs a bit of work - firstly 3 or 4 splits. Can you get a clamp this wide (length to length) or is there an alternative?

Plus, is white spirit any different to cellulose thinners, if using to wire wool the surface?

Any advice appreciated, Russell

Derek Lane02/08/2016 20:40:51
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Here is a working link to one of the pictures



Edited By Derek Lane on 02/08/2016 20:41:36

derek willis 103/08/2016 09:48:45
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You should be able to hire sash cramps of indertiminate length from your local tool hire shop, don't forget to cushion the cramp ends so as not to damage the timber.As for the thinners, White spirit is quite gentle, be careful with cellulose thinners as it will strip back to bare wood and may damage the surface, it is very aggressive and useful in the hands of a professional,best be wary and keep away from it.


Ron Davis03/08/2016 20:29:18
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As far as I can see from the picture, the splits are where the wood was edge jointed, if so the split will be caused by central heating drying out the last bit of moisture, I would be inclined to fill these with a appropriate coloured wax.

The stains look deep so I would be inclined to strip the old finish off and start again, I have recently had some good results with Chestnut Hard Wax Oil, easy to apply and a good finish. I used it on a coffee table I made from the cutout from a solid oak kitchen work top. I sanded the old finish back to bare wood and started again.

Good bargain there Russell, let us know how you get on.


Love the shoes!

Big Al04/08/2016 07:29:52
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Personally all that I would do is to strip the finish back to bare wood and re finish it and not worry about the splits.

There is a big difference between white spirit and cellulose thinners, white spirits is used on oil based finishes such as danish oil and varnishes, whereas cellulose thinners are for cellulose lacquers and paints.


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