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    Woodwork advice requested

    Right, so I've come into some old NZ made furniture from around the 1970's I suspect. The manufacturer is Morgan. One of my projects this year to restore the woodwork on these and then attempt to reupholster them.

    Now I'm not a woodworking expert by any means but am not a complete mug with tools. If there's anyone out there who could please advise me on perhaps:

    * The type of wood I'm working with
    * Recommended materials to get the job done (e.g. weight of sandpaper, stain etc)
    * Best method to achieve desired results

    I'd like to keep the wood as close to the original colour as possible which is visible under the arm rests and the other non-contact areas.

    Cheers in advance!

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    Timber is Mahogany I think, nice to work with, may need a little dark staining, once sanded will be a light colur
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    Disassemble one of the chairs.

    Take a pic of the end-grain, preferably after cleaning it off with a razor blade.

    Looking at end-grain is the only reliable way to identify wood species.
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    Hah, i have some chairs just like that. So comfy
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    Judging by the year of manufacture, it will be Mahogany, They never used anything else in those days for furniture in NZ, unless it was native,and dont think its native.
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    Looks like Mahogany to me, some of the lesser seen timber will probably be beech.

    Nice chairs, properly made, but like all wooden chairs they won't take abuse.

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    Morgan are still in business but manufacturing offshore now. Those will be worth the effort to restore, good work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ishoot10s View Post
    Morgan are still in business but manufacturing offshore now. Those will be worth the effort to restore, good work.
    Interesting, thank you. I tried to find information about them but either my Google-Fu was off or I didn't have enough time. I've another single seater and a three seater to follow, everything going well.
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    Ryan I find Briwax colour fast wood dye a really excellent product for staining and easy as to use. Finish as per their instructions with some of their other products
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    Thank you everyone for your advice.
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    Finished product photos to be posted by months end!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Maca49 View Post
    Finished product photos to be posted by months end!!!
    I'm on it. Have read that a 120gr light sanding is the way to go on mahogany? I will conduct additional research but basically casting the dragnet at this stage...
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    Il help your wife hound you so you get the job done, if you like, I've been getting an ear bashing tonite as I've been reloading instead of painting
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    Oh once you've sanding thru the sheets getting finer and finer, polish with steel wool.
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    It's alright mate, my wife is a very understanding and patient woman. Perhaps because I don't reload... yet.
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