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  1. MikeDeB

    Refinishing Juba mantle clock

    Very nice clock. The original finish is either lacquer or shellac. Lacquer thinner will dissolve the finish if it's lacquer but will not affect shellac. Denatured alcohol will dissolve a shellac finish but will not affect lacquer. Very unlikely it is varnish. On all the clocks I've refinished...
  2. MikeDeB

    Advice on addressing the finish on a Scottish tall case clock

    What a stunning clock! You did a great job on it!
  3. MikeDeB

    Advice on addressing the finish on a Scottish tall case clock

    That's the wax I use. Works great.
  4. MikeDeB

    Advice on addressing the finish on a Scottish tall case clock

    0000 steel wool and furniture wax will take the extra sheen off and give it that older, well taken care of look.
  5. MikeDeB

    Wood Clock Topcoat Questions

    I have done both canned and flake shellac. I never use the canned without thinning, usually to about a 2 pound cut or just under. Before the shellac I apply 3 to 5 coats of Zinser Seal Coat thinned to a 1 pound cut. The Seal Coat is nothing more than dewaxed shellac. I only use a natural...
  6. MikeDeB

    Canadian Seth Thomas Bristol

    Mineral spirits will remove the lanolin without affecting the finish. There's a good chance the original finish is shellac so you could give it a coat or two to rejuvenate the original finish. If you are familiar with Qualasole that would be another option.
  7. MikeDeB

    Old Ingraham Case Restoration

    I'm going to go out on a limb and say they are original. Most clock cases with a separate top have wood blocks where your angle brackets are to secure the top; usually with two screws. I don't see any evidence, in your pictures, that any other method was used to secure the top to the case.
  8. MikeDeB

    Restore Case for walnut parlor clock made by Waterbury Clock Co. , "Felix", ca 1906

    Re: Restore Case for walnut parlor clock made by Waterbury Clock Co. , "Felix", ca 19 The case probably was originally finished with shellac so denatured alcohol would be the ideal stripper. When you're finished, please post some pics.
  9. MikeDeB

    Missing Mission Glass Tiles

    Looking forward to seeing them.
  10. MikeDeB

    Missing Mission Glass Tiles

    Hello Alex. I believe that replacing the missing slag glass with new slag glass is very acceptable. If you can locate an art glass retailer near you they may have just what you need and be able to cut it to the required sizes. That's a very cool clock and deserves to be given another chance...
  11. MikeDeB

    Seth Thomas Kitchen clock needs TLC, need some direction

    They would say the same about me because at the very least I would strip the old finish off and apply new shellac. If the wood needed darkening then you can stain it with some Minwax Early American stain then finish it with amber shellac. The other option is to use a darker shellac. I like a...
  12. MikeDeB

    I need a door

    Re: Ansonia king clock Very nice!
  13. MikeDeB

    I need a door

    That's coming along nicely! Looking forward to seeing the completed clock.

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