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Blog series by Smitty_Cabinetshop updated 02-10-2013 11:13 PM 7 parts 11231 reads 241 comments total

Part 1: The Problem

12-30-2012 08:14 AM by Smitty_Cabinetshop | 23 comments »

The long and short of it can be presented in two words: Cracked Tabletop. But the table is old. Not a family heirloom of mine, maybe someone else’s at one time, but I only came by said table a couple weeks ago with one easy payment of $60 cash at a local auction. I recognized it as being made of walnut; it’s also what’s called a hall table, with a single drawer at one end. Drop leaf too. Couldn’t do without it, apparently, because I brought it home. So a few glamor sho...

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Part 2: From the Bottom Up, Perhaps?

12-31-2012 02:54 AM by Smitty_Cabinetshop | 24 comments »

A closer examination of the tables legs for this installment, specifically the wheels at the end of the legs. Truthfully, I didn’t even know it had wheels on sale day. There were two wheels not swiveling or rolling, so upside down on the bench it went, for a closer look. Green decay, lots of built up crud. Yuck. I sprayed it with WD40 and the next day pulled the two wheels around successfully. Ah, movement! So the wheels are all present, all metal, and will d...

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Part 3: Pop the Top...

01-02-2013 12:53 AM by Smitty_Cabinetshop | 31 comments »

Okay, I’ve decided the glue blocks along the ‘short side’ of the top must go in order to pull of the repair. The hinge screws simply will not budge, and I’d rather not bunge them up. So a flat chisel should do it. It was short work, and with two pocket screws removed the piece was removed. Pretty filthy edge, but a very interesting dovetail key for those who love run-on sawing… Some scraping of the edges and things were coming toge...

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Part 4: Scraping By on a Formerly Split Top

01-02-2013 04:08 AM by Smitty_Cabinetshop | 33 comments »

Top is glued up and stable as of this afternoon. Looks reasonably good, all told. The question now is how to ‘refinish’ the top. Now I know what you’re saying. Just the top, Smitty? What about the rest of the table? Well, I’m going to concentrate on the top and edges of the top for now, and see what happens before complicating my thoughts with turned leg refinishing. So there. It’s the KISS principle at it’s best… Andy suggested hitting ...

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Part 5: A Serious Setback

01-03-2013 03:28 AM by Smitty_Cabinetshop | 64 comments »

Not a good situation, my friends, with the finish. The pores (that’s what I’ll call them, I assume that’s what they’re referred to, pls enlighten) are light in color and the finish is at a stand still. First, a grainy picture taken yesterday with mineral spirits applied… Now, after four applications of wipe-on poly, severe ugliness. This is a severe blow… The clear grain is where there was more sanding, to clear the deep scratches seen ...

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Part 6: It's Mahogany, Man! And it's Porous!

01-11-2013 10:46 PM by Smitty_Cabinetshop | 36 comments »

When I left this project it was sanded down and waiting on a product by the name of Timbermate, a wood filler product recommended by fellow LJ gfadvm. Why filler? Because scraping and sanding, followed by wiping varnish, looked like this: So it sat like this until today. I bought the mixing base, the mahogany filler, and the dark cherry stuff gfadvm recommended as one he uses to fill mahogany to a deeper, more natural-looking tone. Yeah, I know, cherry for more natural mahogany&...

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Part 7: It's Mahogany, and it's Done!

02-10-2013 11:13 PM by Smitty_Cabinetshop | 30 comments »

Here’s the top before any of this started. After dis-assembly of the top from the base, jointing the edges, re-gluing, re-attaching, scraping and re-re-re-finishing (thanks again, Andy!), this table got the fifth and final coat of 3-2-1 and is DONE. Now to find a place for it in the house, because it’s too nice to sit in the shop! Thanks for looking.

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