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Blog entry by Karson posted 1033 days ago 5761 reads 0 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My Shaker Hall Table that I had placed against the wall in the kitchen became a final resting spot for some items. The ones that caused the problem was a Sheave of Wheat which had been died dark brown., a fish bowl, a wicker basket that had honey and syrup placed in it.

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The table top looked like this.

The gray stains were the syrup and it had gone below th surface because water wouldn’t clean it up. I was contemplating running it through the plainer again, but I opted for the sander first. Hitting it with 100 grit made it go away.

The original finish on the surface was my own danish oil as shown in the project posting and I didn’t want to make a second batch so I tried some WaterLox and it wasn’t quite the darkness of the original finish so I went to some Penofin, the hardwood version.

I poured the Penofin on the surface, maybe a teaspoon and spread it around with a sanding block with 400 grit wet and dry paper. A few more pours and I had the entire surface wet. I sanded the surface with the wet oil.

If you just use Penofin and let it soak in and dry it has a Matte finish, If you sand it while wet you can get a little higher gloss finish. I’ve used a ROS sander before, but this was the first time with a hand sand. It worked out quite well. I let it dry about 1/2 hr and then wiped the surface with a couple of paper towels to remove the sanding/oil slurry that was now stuck on the surface. A little more aggressive wiping and I got the surface smooth.

The upper left burl is where the dye stain was and the lower is where the syrup was stained.

I let it dry for 24 Hrs and then reassembled the table.

I’ve encountered one additional problem since this table was made, The left front leg has bowed. These legs were cut from a 4 X 8 and I guess that the one leg had some stress that didn’t come out before the final shaping. I’m still considering what to do with it. I’m considering a shelf that will pull all 4 legs into alignment.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †



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Joe Lyddon

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#1 posted 1033 days ago

NICE JOB!

It’s good you went with the sanding approach…
... the planer might have tore the top up… That would’ve been bad… LOL

Looks great!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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Karson

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#2 posted 1033 days ago

Joe: The top was originally planed. I’ve got a carbide insert planer and it does a fantastic job on figured woods.

Thanks for the comment.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#3 posted 1033 days ago

Looks good now. Nice job. The honey reminds me of a cat jumped up on the counter and knocked a jar of honey off during the night. They knew better, but….......... ;-(( The house had what they called indoor/outdoor carpet in the kitchen, dining, rec room area. My wife cleaned it up. A few days later it was back, that went on and on for a week or so. The honey that started in the kitchen traveled through the carpet and ended up 20’ away!! We pulled it up. You are lucky the honey stayed on the table ;-))

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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lew

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#4 posted 1033 days ago

Beautiful save, Karson!!

Lew

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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Napaman

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#5 posted 1033 days ago

that is truly amazing!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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PurpLev

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#6 posted 1033 days ago

nice save Karson!

As for pulling the legs together you can also just put in a trestle which will be lighter and more elegant than a shelf and still pull it together. It would be a shame to clutter this beautiful table with an additional lower shelf in my opinion

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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jim1953

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#7 posted 1032 days ago

Great Lookin Job

-- Jim, Kentucky

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Karson

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#8 posted 1032 days ago

Sharon: The shelf that I was thinking about would be one similiar to the one on my Hall table by the front door. It is in a Greene and Greene style table. It is not really a shelf, but more of a design piece.

The problem that I see is getting the piece between the two legs.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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mmh

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#9 posted 1032 days ago

Instead of trying to straighten a twisted leg, why don’t you twist the other 3? Or, make it look the twisted leg is part of the design. A wooden mouse (or other carved critter) posed as trying to pull the leg would make a whimsical statement and allow you to leave the leg “as is”.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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Grumpy

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#10 posted 1032 days ago

Looks like you got yourself out of a sticky situation Buddy. LOL
Great end result.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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Vicki

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#11 posted 1032 days ago

Great save. It’s a beautiful table and well worth the effor.

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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Karson

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#12 posted 1032 days ago

Thanks for the help Meilie. Sounds like a playful idea.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Joe Lyddon

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#13 posted 1032 days ago

You could route a 1/8” stringer, curving ever so slightly, on the outside of each leg, and inlay it with a darker wood.
It just might make the illusion that each leg has a twist, whether it does or not. (???)

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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Bob Kollman

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#14 posted 1032 days ago

That is some dramatic wood, greast finish repair.

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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sedcokid

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#15 posted 1032 days ago

You my friend have done a great thing. Your table refinish is gorgeous, a great save!!!

Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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