I have a couple of cabinets made from fumed oak.
They're beat up as cabinets but the wood's good.
They were made by the "Jamestown Lounge Co." in the 60's.
I read at the site http://www.geocities.com/RodeoDrive/Mall/2117/ that they
used a finishing process called fuming. IMHO it's ugly as sin.
I'd like to disassemble, strip & sand to bare wood and use the wood for
My questions are how deep does the fuming process penetrate the wood?
How much stock thickness will I lose to totally get past the finish or is
this wood a lost cause for reclaiming?
I'd appreciate any advise from anyone with actual experience fuming wood or
reclaiming similar stock.
Depth depends on how it was done. Gas phase is quite shallow (most
browns), ebonising it with a liquid (blacks and "jacobean" dark
browns) is much deeeper.
You can usually take the fumed surface off by planing, or by a belt
sander. It's too deep to hand-sand it off, unless you're really
I'm inclined to leave it. Fumed oak isn't unattractive - although I'll
make an exception for the badly-detailed ye olde ffakery of Jamestown.
I don't think it's the timber's fault !
On Fri, 19 Dec 2003 13:13:33 +0000, Andy Dingley's fingers viciously stabbed
at an innocent keyboard to form the now famous if slightly awkward haiku:
I think I read somewhere that they used a gassing tent or some such thing.
They are very dark hideous brown. Hopefully gas.
obsessive? not me ;) I have a belt sander anyways
Sounds like you have some experience with JLco. It's good lumber but
untalented joinery. The glue-ups are starting to show in places. It is a
f'ugly shade of dark brown. That poor oak never hurt anyone (well maybe a
DWI if it was close to the road) I don't think it deserved such a fate.
Why did some people love this furniture co?
Their Feudal Oak collection seems to have a lot of carving, etc...
What's been your experience with their products?
Is this (looks like) junk worth anything (besides reclaimed lumber)?
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