The entry foyer has an open stairway that goes up to the 3rd floor. Tomorrow I tackle the foyer and the landings on the 2nd and 3rd floor. 10 windows, 9 doors and some painted floors to boot. I have assembled lots of sandpaper, plastic sheeting, drop cloths, quick setting plaster (for rapid repairs on some water damaged drywall) for an all day prep fiesta. I have hired a student to help. Also, just in case that doesn't absorb all of the time, I have decided to strip a stained glass window down to its original quarter sawn oak while I have the area sealed off from the house. The below picture shows its intact paint, as well as some test areas using a heat gun and zip strip. Its original shellac peaks through.

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Comment by Donald Mitchell on August 5, 2010 at 1:35pm
Looks like white oak to me!


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