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Restoration Of Table, Completed!!!!!

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Blog entry by Woodworker_Collins posted 08-05-2012 06:23 PM 1005 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When my grandad was a carpenter he worked in Aras an Uachtairain (the irish presidents house), he brought this table home from there one day when he was in his 20’s because it was going to be thrown out, he did some repairs and salvaged it. But after being used for 60 years (which the first governor of ireland wrote on the table) and then being used another 40 years when my grandad got it, it was in pretty bad shape. My granny said i could do what i wanted to do with it, because she had no space for it and because my grandad passed away 2 years ago i couldnt get his opinion of how to restore it, but i took the plunge and decided to take the plunge. I first planed the whole table because the was such a heavy coat of finish on it, it would be impossible to sand. Then i sanded it to 320 and i have to say manhogany is one of my favourite woods to work with. Now it was time to finish it which i was really looking foward to. I started by putting on a mahogany stain. Then i made my own wiping poly by mixing white spirts (mineral spirits) and polyurethane together, I added 4 coats, sanding in-between with 320 first, then 400, then wet-sanded with 600 and then applied one more coat, and i have to say it is silky smooth and just looks beautiful, but i have to say restorations are tough and i realised you really cant rush when restorating. I took pictures in the order of the way i did it. Hope you enjoy!!!!!

-- Adam, Ireland, http://www.youtube.com/user/AdamTheWoodworker



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RibsBrisket4me

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#1 posted 08-05-2012 06:29 PM

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chrisstef

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#2 posted 08-05-2012 06:32 PM

Nice restore Adam! Im really happy that you decided to save this beauty. I think a lot of younger people dont have enough appreciation of the past which is a shame. Thanks for proving me wrong buddy. What do you suppose the dark spot in the corner is from? an inkwell maybe?

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#3 posted 08-05-2012 06:45 PM

@christeff It is a burn but im not sure what from possibly from a teapot.

-- Adam, Ireland, http://www.youtube.com/user/AdamTheWoodworker

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#4 posted 08-05-2012 06:46 PM

All part of the history .. i love it.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#5 posted 08-05-2012 06:58 PM

Did you save the inscription (from the first governor of Ireland) that was on the table ? If so that makes it even more an heirloom to pass on to your future generations. Great job on saving a piece of history!

-- Raymond, Charlotte, NC -------- Demonstrate the difference!

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#6 posted 08-05-2012 07:25 PM

Nice save

It has nice lines to it

It would be a nice project to

replicate

jamie

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#7 posted 08-05-2012 10:11 PM

Great job and special history.

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#8 posted 08-05-2012 10:51 PM

Well done mate – that is a beauty. Do you have any idea of the origin of it. Is it Irish made.

-- Cad a dheanfaimid feasta gan adhmad.......?

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#9 posted 08-06-2012 09:26 AM

@NaFianna
Yes it was definetly irish made but im dont know the exact time it was made

-- Adam, Ireland, http://www.youtube.com/user/AdamTheWoodworker

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#10 posted 08-06-2012 11:05 AM

Very well done Adam. The time spent on this project was a good insight to refinishing. You have a wonderful; family heirloom.

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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#11 posted 08-07-2012 05:45 PM

Wonderful work Adam, a great result and a very good story too!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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