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What do you think this is?

Discussion in 'Non-Vegas Chat' started by Catzilla, Dec 3, 2020.

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  1. Catzilla

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    I ordered a chest made back in September, 24x14x14. It was supposed to take 2-4 weeks and finally arrived on December 1st. That's not the issue. I actually love it except for one little thing....

    The chest

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    The top

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    The inside lid

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    I ask the guy, why is there an N after the word Always? He says it's in the grain. He said he's seen some odd things, and it does look weird, but it's in the wood. Hence, the question. What do you think that is? My brother says maybe it's some kind of lumber grade stamp. Both he and DH think they see some other odd pattern amid the lettering. There are no strange patterns on the sides or back.

    I'm tempted to sand the face of it and try restaining it, but I don't really want to screw it up worse.

    It's paid for and can't be returned. He did everything exactly as I asked, but DAMN...there's an N there. It bugs me because now it's the first thing I notice. It's eventually going into the ground with the ashes of 33 cats and a couple dogs, but until the time comes I will still have to look at it.

    What do you see? Got any opinions on what caused it or the best way to fix it?
     
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  3. Catzilla

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    The guy who made it is named Mike. Is this going to be the weirdest thing ever? Weirder than the N itself!!! :eek:
     
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    It looks like there is more writing underneath the “always”. Maybe it’s something he tried to sand away but when staining it took differently to that area.
     
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    I wondered about that. And you wouldn't know that was going to happen until you were completely done.
     
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    I see something, looks like an "x" or "w" behind the letter "w" in the word Always.
    Just hard for me to sign off on it being "in the grain". Just me.

    Just take a pocket knife and carve "forever" underneath the Always. That way you get "Always N Forever" .
    Mui artistic.
     
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    Gosh @deansrobinson you are giving me all sorts of ideas. How about this sticker? Just paste that sucker right over the top of it. :D

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    Ah....no.

    You see, my concern is this. I have this dark circle that shows up on one of my painted bathroom cabinets. I've sanded, primed, repainted, etc., etc., and sooner of later, it's BACK! I'm wondering if I refinish the chest whether the N might also magically reappear. :eek:.
     
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    It sorta looks like the remnants of a previous engraving that may have been removed, but not completely. If the person who made the chest was a stickler for details, they would have taken the time to try and fix that imperfection, but perhaps they figured that you probably wouldn't notice. LOL

    I also think that messing with the finish might do more harm than good, so you may have to live with that mystery "N". :eek:
     
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    You can fit Mahomes into one of the drawers, and Hill in the lower one. :headbang: :woohoo: :woohoo:
     
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    Lovely box; lovely idea.

    I tend to overlook/ignore things like this. That said, that "N" looks suspicious. If I tried to change it like @SMG said, I would surely wish that the "N" was there when I was finished.
     
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    Looking at this video, maybe this is where the N came from starting at 0:26.



    Maybe they started using your wood for another project & repurposed it for yours.
     
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    I think it's this, the n looks like it's crossed two boards so not a simple grain issue. It's been routers before and planed down maybe?
     
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    Of course you KNOW what I was going to say about WHO we could put in that box, don't you? But I didn't do it, did I? Nope. Sometimes I amaze even myself.
    [​IMG]
     
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    I agree @SMG and @booker, the more I try to fix things sometimes, the more I screw them up. I could always paint it, but with my luck sooner or later that :cuss:N would come bleeding through.
     
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    @JaDubya That's amazing to watch someone do that by hand. I'm presuming this was all done by machine. I'm sure if it was the result of a repurposed board, like @63hearts said too, that he knew what happened the minute he saw it, but it was already completely done. At the very least he should have offered me something, if only an apology.
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    Based on my experience with woodworking, I am gonna say that a sander hit that prior to staining, or possible something was spilled or dropped on it. the the stain would not take quite right. If you have ever gotten some glue outside a joint and then tried to stain it, this happens as well.

    I do not think there was any engraving as that would have left a hole.
     
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    I agree with Deansrobinson -
    To my eye there seems to be more writing underneath.
    I wonder why the wood worker couldn't flip the board
    and use the other side ?
    What does the other side ( inside ) grain look like ?
     
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    There were a couple small spots where the pieces come together on the bottom that looked like they needed a little more stain. DH said no, that was were there was from putty (or glue), so I know what you're saying..
     
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    The inside looks fine, no N. Maybe it's a wipe mark? A spill that was just wiped and should have been sanded? The maker is about 5 states away, so I can't take it in for him to look at. He's seen the pictures though. Maybe I can find a woodworker locally and ask his opinion whether it's an easy fix. How much could it cost to sand and stain a 24x14" board?
     
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    I have made my plan. I'm going to wait until after Christmas (maybe) to give myself time to look past it. It that does not happen I will send pictures to the 2 local wood furniture restoration guys and ask them if they think it's fixable and how much. Maybe they'll have me bring it in. Then I go from there. If fixed it gets fixed and it looks good, I'll send new pictures to the guy that made it and tell him he's a horses ass for lying to me. Then I'll leave my review.
     
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