David Gunton 04.Oct.2017 David Gunton's Hardwood Floors, hardwood flooring, parquet, marquetry and boards, especially wideboards, in oak, ash, maple, beech, walnut, cherry, and many other woods.
David Gunton's Hardwood Floors.
Grange Lane, Winsford,
Cheshire, CW7 2PS
Tel: +44 (0)1606 861 442
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Panelling Refinished.

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This small range of Oak Panelling and cupboard were created from an ancient section of cupboard fitted into the reveal on the right in 15th C stone built house in Derbyshire. The client required the new oak be blended in colour to match the old.

The old oak cupboard had been dip stripped in caustic soda to remove paint. The caustic reacted with the oak to produce the grey-brown colour you see. The old oak was prinicipally quarter sawn. The new oak was principally flat sawn. So , it was a little like taking a garment partly made of silk and partly of wool and trying to dye them so that there was no difference in apperance.

The end result is a close match but the differences in tone are apparent. It is not that the colours of the wood are actually different, but that the differences in the grain structure betray themselves. Had the new section been executed in quarter sawn oak it is likely only the sharpness of the new joinery would have given a clue to the extension of the old.

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So, this is at the point when it occurred that it might be a good idea to take a photo !

The fireplace, the floor and the old cupboard on the right are protected against drips of the caustic liquid. It is always the brown liquid that falls and stains, never the clear!

The not so slight variations in tone in this photo are due to the treated timber being wet. As it is, within the make up of the cupboard on the right there are diffences in tone between the middle doors and the upper curved top doors.

The panelling over the fireplace is nearly dry and shows the tone which the whole settled into.




This new gallery and panelling is to be found in another 15th C manor house near Ascot


Though well made, the owner disliked the sharpness of the joinery and the stained colour of the oak. Although the photo does not show it clearly, the oak beams were a base of the typical rich brown of the ancient oak overlaid by the creamy, chalky colour of long-ago whitewash and plaster residue.

So, we sand-blasted with a fine grit to take off both the colour and the fineness of the machining, then rubbed the whole down by hand with fine sandpaper. We then fumed the pale oak to produce the base colour of the original oak. This was followed by rubbing in of a clear wax mixed with a recipe of powders to emulate the chalky ingrained colour.l


In this photo the colour of the original roof trusses and spars is clearer. The bright light of the camera flash has somewhat spoilt the image of the balcony balustrade, but the truer colour is more evident in the woodwork of the arches shelving behind.

An interesting facet of this type of work is that it changes and matures due to the effect of ultra-violet light and oxygenation, so by the time we left site after making some extraordinary hand worked wide boards there, this had blended in with the original woodwork far more.




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