rebuild kitchentable #1: Start - Disassembly

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Blog entry by JeanCLaude posted 07-02-2013 12:41 PM 1155 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hello fellows,

I want to make use of the fact, that my girlfriend is abroad for a couple of weeks. When we moved in together her dad gave her an old kitchen table as a present. Unfortunaly it was very poorly repaired (2kg of liquid wood to fill all the gaps) and started to fall apart.

I want to surprise her with the table in a perfect condition, when she comes back.

As you see, there are many emotions connected to this peace of furniture. This is why I dont want to make mistakes in this project. Wish me luck…

Today is day zero:
I used hot water, steam and gentle force to disassemle the table. The glue was as thick as 1/4 inch on some gaps, what made the disassembly even easier.

I cleaned all the grooves from glue and sanded them gently. In the next step I want to cut the 4 boards rectangular again. Maybe I have to recut the grooves then, what I want to avoid.

Please feel free to tell me, if a sentence does not sound fluent. I am not a native speaker and want to use this blog to improve my writen english, too.

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#1 posted 07-02-2013 02:17 PM

”I want to make use of the fact, that my girlfriend is abroad for a couple of weeks”

Wait, what? Isn’t she a “broad” always? :-) (hmmmm, I hope in Munich that back in days gone by, guys used to call gals “broads”... or I might have just unwittingly offended someone)

Anyhooo, looks like you’ve got a good start on the refinish job. But watch out, that 2 weeks will go by quicker than you think!

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#2 posted 07-02-2013 02:55 PM

If you have a plane or table saw, you should be able to trim a small amount from each mating surface of the tongue and groove joints. then, you’d probably find it necessary to recut some pieces, because the overall dimensions of the top will change somewhat when you do this. Try to retain the character of the well-used top surface, it adds a lot of appeal to the table as an antique. Keep us posted!

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