I can answer all staircase balustrade questions where handrails, newels posts, balusters (wood and metal), and stair treads are concerned. I cannot help with cabinetry and floor (outside of stair-related treads and risers), as well as stain and finish issues unless staircase related.
30 years in the stair industry. Founder of Hardwood Creations in Southern California and CEO of Westfire Manufacturing, Inc. I was a stair builder for 10 years, both in custom and production housing. Have estimated over 750,000 single family homes and provided materials to lumber yards and builders for 12 years. Was an expert witness in several staircase related law suits in Southern California. Stair codes, installation help, stair handrail and balustrade installation are what I know best.
NAHB of Portland, OR. Was a member of ICBO for 9 years.
Cal State Fullerton, Cypress College
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Once the cherry is sealed, the darkening process slows down or even stops. The only condition is if it get direct sunlight through a window. Otherwise, once the gain is sealed the process most often
It sounds like you've done a good job and did it the hard way. Usually I would take 1 part mineral or coconut oil and mix with 1 part baking soda. Then, with a microfiber cloth I would wash the sticky
When notching large newel posts, I always used a 12" power miter box to cut what I can and then finish it with a chisel. Some carpenters I've seen made use of the same with a table saw or a skill saw
The only thing I could think of recommending is to use an orbital sander, knocked the finish off of the nose of your treads, then apply wood bleach. Savogran Wood Bleach is one that you can find at any
I don't know of any cleaning solution that would work, but I once took Watco Danish Oil on a stair that was stained for years, but never finished, and rubbed in the new oil which did remove dirt and prints
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