|Project by groovy_man_6||posted 06-23-2014 06:06 PM||696 views||2 times favorited||8 comments|
A custom restoration of my neighbor’s antique Indian Head Table Company (Nashua, NH) tiger oak pedestal table. This table dates back to somewhere 1912 – 1925 when the company was in operation. Despite looking pretty beat up, it was clear that this was at heart, a quality table, and would be worth restoration.
I began by repairing cracks and restoring the structural elements of the table, created two leaves for it (each 15” wide by 4’ long) in matching tiger oak, installed new pegs and locking attachments under the table (lee valley), and carefully began the refinishing process.
The finish was a 4 part process: (1) Transtint Brown Mahogany Dye (initial color and increase contrast) (2) Minwax “Tung Oil” Finish (partially seal wood) (3) Minwax Mahogany Gel Stain (pore filling, deepen color further) (4) 3-coats of Arm-r-seal semi-gloss polyurethane. The figure in this antique wood is nothing short of stunning! One of my favorites.
As a point of interest, the company had dovetailed all of the slats of the table top together together along the full length of the joint. 100 years later, there was ABSOLUTELY ZERO SEPARATION between the table top slats. Makes me want to dovetail just about everything :-)
Hopefully their family will have another hundred years of memories around this table! I adore antiques and the thought of honoring them and keeping them around inspires me. Especially in the case where they can continue being used and bringing joy to those who use them.