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Project by wseand posted 05-28-2014 05:19 AM 977 views 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am not sure of the age or style of this table, all I know it was in bad shape. The finish on the top was cracked and had several stains including wax damage.
I really just took it all apart and striped and sanded to bare wood. I used a chemical stripper because the finish was gumming up the paper and the laminate was thin. I didn’t want to sand down past the laminate.
I spent many hour sanding and stripping this table but it was well worth the time for how smooth it came out. I knew I was going with a Gloss Poly so I needed it smooth as I could get it. I went down to 320 grit which came out plenty smooth.

I went with Red Mahogany stain because the customer liked it best and it had red in it. I had a bit of a problem with matching all the different wood types but with a little work it came out pretty good. I got some great advise from @JAAune and I did what I could to match it up. I put four coats of Gloss Poly on it put it back together and back to the customer. All in all it came out good and the customer was happy.

I am finding out these kind of projects take a lot of time and I don’t think I would ever get back in Dollars what I put in time. But it is well worth the outcome and I don’t worry about the lost time. I would say I put 30 hours in it but I am getting faster and I would never charge the customer for my short comings. I charged a flat fee for this project because I didn’t know how long it would take but I knew what I wanted to make out of it.

Anyways, sorry for the long story.

Thanks for looking,
Bill

-- Bill - "Freedom flies in your heart like an Eagle" Audie Murphy





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jasonborthwick

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#1 posted 05-28-2014 06:56 AM

wseand, great job on the restoration of that piece. It shows that you took your time and put a lot of work into it. You should be proud of the results you achieved. I tend to take projects and underestimate the time or have a hell of a learning curve to concur to complete a project how I see it in my head. I am in the finishing stages of such a project right now and only have to stain and finish. Thanks for the inspiration to complete my project. I love the advice and inspiration I receive on here.



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stefang

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#2 posted 05-28-2014 07:43 AM

Very nice restore job Bill. I have seen a lot of this type of fine furniture in my younger days.It is a Duncan Phyife style. here is his background and if you click on Duncan Phyfe ‘Images’ you can see the whole range of his graceful designs. This style of furniture was very popular in 40’s, 50’s and they were usually French polished with a very high sheen.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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wseand

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#3 posted 05-28-2014 07:45 AM

Looking good Jason. Sometimes I need a lot of inspiration. I look through the projects on here and they are all good, you just can’t be anything but inspired.
Looking forward to seeing it finished but I’m sure not as much as you are.

I have found that Restoring furniture is a great way to learn more about woodworking. It’s a love/hate relationship sometimes though.

Thanks for your comments,
Bill

-- Bill - "Freedom flies in your heart like an Eagle" Audie Murphy

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wseand

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#4 posted 05-28-2014 07:53 AM

Thanks Mike,
I love learning about the different styles. I was thinking mid century just from what the customer said about it’s history.

Bill

-- Bill - "Freedom flies in your heart like an Eagle" Audie Murphy

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stefang

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#5 posted 05-28-2014 11:15 AM

Duncan Phyfe was a 19th century furniture designer Bill. I think his designs were a graceful departure from the Queen Anne style that was so popular back in those days. In fact so popular that it was and is still being sold new here and there.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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johnhutchinson

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#6 posted 05-28-2014 11:23 AM

BEAUTIFUL !!! Definitely worth saving.

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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Monte Pittman

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#7 posted 05-28-2014 11:24 AM

Beautiful table, great save

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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wseand

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#8 posted 05-28-2014 04:12 PM

Thanks John and Monte, it was a headache but well worth it.

Mike,
You think it was made in the 19th century or in the 40s or 50s. These are the things I am trying to learn.

-- Bill - "Freedom flies in your heart like an Eagle" Audie Murphy

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Oldtool

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#9 posted 05-28-2014 04:37 PM

Great work on the restoration, came out like new, maybe even better.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#10 posted 05-28-2014 06:43 PM

Sweet, great restore, well worth the time

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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lightweightladylefty

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#11 posted 05-29-2014 07:28 AM

Bill,

I’m sure your client is delighted with the restoration. It looks great!

L/W

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#12 posted 05-29-2014 12:25 PM

Looks great now.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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wseand

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#13 posted 06-02-2014 03:39 AM

Thanks all,
It means a lot when other appreciate what you spent hours and hours on. Hadn’t been online for a few days sorry for the late thanks,

Thanks all,
Bill

-- Bill - "Freedom flies in your heart like an Eagle" Audie Murphy

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