Category Archives: Wood Cabinet Cleaner

Refreshing a Forgotten Table

Several years ago I used this round end table to demonstrate two Minwax® products: Water Based Wood Stain in Classic Gray and Polycrylic® Protective Finish. For some unknown reason, when I returned home, the table was placed in storage, where it soon became dirty and started falling apart.

Feeling guilty, I put the table on my workbench and started by cleaning off the dirt, grime, and cobwebs using  Minwax® Wood Cabinet Cleaner, which I knew would not harm the stain or the finish I had applied.

I then turned over the top, for I knew from experience that most wobbly tables do not need to be clamped and reglued. Instead, they just need the screws underneath that hold the legs in place tightened.

While I had originally applied two coats of the brush-on version of Minwax® Polycrylic® Protective Finish, I also knew that another light coat using the aerosol can would both give it more protection and bring the earlier finish back to life.

And as soon as it dried, I brought the little round table back into the house, where it will be far more appreciated than it had been in storage!

Until next time,

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Coffee Table Top Makeover

My son Blake will be changing apartments soon, which prompted me to dig this oak coffee table out of our barn. Actually, I should say “partial” coffee table, I made this coffee table for an HGTV show more than a decade ago, but the green tile top had since been dropped and broken.

I started by cleaning off years of dirt and grime using Minwax® Wood Cabinet Cleaner. Later, I would mist it with a coat of Minwax® Clear Aerosol Lacquer to give the wood more protection and bring the earlier finish back to life.

For the new top I selected a piece of half-inch oak plywood, but rather than stain it a traditional brown, I decided instead to apply a coat of “Classic Black” Minwax® PolyShades®, a one-step stain and finish that still allows the grain of the wood to show.

The problem with plywood, however, is that the edges and end grain are unsightly, so I wanted to disguise them with a band of trim.

To disguise the rough, layered plywood edge, I took four pieces of 1” x 2” poplar and stained them with Minwax® Wood Finish™ in “Sedona Red” to also serve as a frame around the black top. I then glued and nailed them around the four sides.

With the new top now attached to the 15-year-old base, what had nearly been forgotten and discarded is now a sturdy, durable coffee table ready to withstand the use and abuse any medical student can dish out!

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A Barn Rescue

Nearly 20 years ago, I filmed several woodworking shows for HGTV, including one on how to make this mahogany Federal-style table. One of the two versions I made ended up stored in my barn, where I came across it last week and decided it deserved a better fate — provided I could find the drawers, too!

The safest, most effective way to remove 20 years of grime was with a spray bottle of Minwax® Wood Cabinet Cleaner, which quickly released the beauty of the mahogany from layers of dirt.

After the Wood Cabinet Cleaner had dried, I could see that the mahogany had lost some of its natural color, which I replaced with a coat of Minwax® Wood Finish Stain (“Gunstock”). After letting it soak in for five minutes, I then wiped off any stain the wood did not absorb.

This style of furniture would have originally had a glossy protective coating, which I could easily duplicate with Minwax® Clear Aerosol Lacquer. Here you can see the first of three coats I applied.

Fortunately for my nephew and niece, Leigh Ann and I don’t have a place for this table (which explains why it was in the barn!), so its going to be a surprise addition to their new home, all of which goes to prove that hidden under layers of dirt and grime, beautiful wood is waiting to be released, restored, and re-used!

Until next time,

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Mud Room Bench Revival

The first room in our basement is aptly called the Mud Room, and this cypress bench I built ten years ago always ends up with as much mud on it as on the floor.

Today I carried it out to the garage and cleaned it using Minwax® Wood Cabinet Cleaner and a soft cloth.

After it dried I could see the finish had several scratches and needed a fresh coat of protection, so I sanded it lightly with #220-grit sandpaper, wiped off the dust, and . . . .

poured on some Minwax® Wipe-On Poly. I spread it around and rubbed it in the wood using a clean, soft cloth, waited five minutes, then . . . .

wiped off the excess Wipe-On Poly and let the bench dry. Now when it gets dirty (which it will in our house!), I know the wood is going to be safe.

Until next time,

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