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Around the Shop #20: The Oak Table Restoration. Let's see where it goes.

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Blog entry by Don W posted 09-19-2013 12:53 AM 2028 reads 0 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 19: Display case. The request is in. Part 20 of Around the Shop series Part 21: Butcher Block restoration. »

This table was my wife’s parents. They got it when a friend was going to throw it out around 50 years ago (maybe more than 50). Her mother told my wife she could have it before she passed away several years ago. We figure its been in her parents basement (which flooded quit frequently) for 30 years. She figured it was finally time to bring it home and fix’er up.

Shortly after it went in the basement her mother started stripping and sanding the top. Since then, its been the storage shelf for every paint can and rusty coffee can in the basement.

But its got some character and deserves to be salvaged.
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So I decided to flatten it as is. The cracks are tight, and the top solid.
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Then a coat of mahogany stain. I think its going to need another coat or two, but its pretty close.
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Next I need to deal with the feet. I’m still on the fence on these. I may turn a new section. The table is only about 29” high so this will allow me to raise it a little at the same time.
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The rest will just get cleaned up with lemon oil and left as it is.

-- http://timetestedtools.net - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.



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poopiekat

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#1 posted 09-19-2013 01:23 AM

Excellent project, Don! I’m looking for a new project to work on, myself. There’s a couple of oak tables in my basement, and I just scored 4 matching t-back kitchen chairs, with original canvas webbing still under the upholstered seats. It’s time…

Keep us posted!

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#2 posted 09-19-2013 02:13 AM

Nice save Don!

-- God bless, Candy

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MarkSr

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#3 posted 09-19-2013 04:34 AM

I already know it will be a show piece, knowing you Don, you always take it to the max and produce a winner all the time.

Can’t wait to see the final product, I can guarantee all LJ’s it will not look like the original, it will be better.

That is all I’m saying!!

-- Mark, ”...NEWBEE: On the road to learning a lot; but; a lot more to learn…” ("My Granddad used to tell me, if you didn't learn something new today, it just wasn't worth getting out of bed")

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#4 posted 09-19-2013 07:37 AM

I like when old stuff is saved and gets a new life. Nice work

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#5 posted 09-19-2013 07:58 AM

I’m sure you can find a spot for it somewhere when done. I’m sure the table would appreciate a new foot altough sometimes the flaws are part of the character and should be left alone.

-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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Brit

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#6 posted 09-19-2013 11:34 AM

Between you and Smitty, the future’s bright for old furniture. Can’t wiat to see it finished.

-- https://www.clickasnap.com/Andy61 - "The hand speaks to the brain as surely as the brain speaks to the hand." Frank R. Wilson

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#7 posted 09-19-2013 01:48 PM

It will be great to see what the Yoda touch turns this already beautiful table into.

-- ~Tony

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palaswood

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#8 posted 09-19-2013 04:57 PM

I Love that old table Don. The leg design is very cool. So why simply lemon oil and not a total refurb?

-- Joseph, Irvine CA, @palas_woodcraft on Instagram

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Don W

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#9 posted 09-19-2013 05:03 PM

why simply lemon oil and not a total refurb?

The wife likes the patina.

-- http://timetestedtools.net - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#10 posted 09-19-2013 06:30 PM

Interesting 6 leg table, definitley worth saving, its looking nice!

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#11 posted 09-20-2013 12:01 AM

Needs attention, you’re so right.

What will he do with those bad feet? This is interesting, you have my attention!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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Don W

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#12 posted 09-21-2013 09:20 PM

Just a short time in the shop today. Probably won’t have much tomorrow either.

So I cut the bad stuff off.


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I was Thinking I would make some pieces to match either of these square sections to add on. 2” for what I cut off, and 2” to raise the table height a little.
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I don’t have any stock 2 3/4” thick so I glued up some blanks to have them ready.
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Then and idea!! A possible prototype.

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Now, do I dowel it? Long screws? Hmmmm?

-- http://timetestedtools.net - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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ShaneA

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#13 posted 09-21-2013 09:54 PM

If you were to do a deep counter sink, seems like an easy and effective way. I think I prefer the look of your mock up foot to anything turned. Nice start.

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CFrye

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#14 posted 09-21-2013 10:42 PM

That looks really good Don! I say a pinch of salt, some TBIII and you’re good to go!

-- God bless, Candy

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Don W

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#15 posted 09-29-2013 12:50 AM

We left off with the blocks for the bottom of the legs glued up. I’ll let the pictures speak.

Listen closely.

-- http://timetestedtools.net - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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