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Project by woodchuckerNJ posted 05-24-2016 12:49 AM 931 views 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a table my neighbor was going to paint. My wife saw it, and told her I would refinish it. It needed more than just stripping and refinishing. I had to cut it apart to level the top out. I could not get the cup out of the board, but I could re-joint and get it level. The top was already split on 2 joints, and someone already filled with bondo and putty on the last refinish job. I found traces of paint in the crevises of the beads.
So there’s nothing I could do to ruin this top. I put the age at somewhere around the 1930s to 1940s.
A full set of pics showing the progress is at http://imgur.com/a/sASn3
Now hopefully the owner won’t paint this beautiful top.
Still not sure of the wood, I originally thought qtr sawn oak but there’s not a lot of pores, so I think Mahogany.

-- Jeff NJ





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Woodbridge

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#1 posted 05-24-2016 01:16 AM

That is a very interesting table. You did a nice job on the rehab . Good save!

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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pintodeluxe

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#2 posted 05-24-2016 01:34 AM

That’s QSWO for sure. You did a fine job with the refinish, it looks beautiful!

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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sval229

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#3 posted 05-24-2016 03:33 AM

I had almost the exact same table. Definitely quarter sawn oak. They were originally finished with shellac. Nice job on the refinish.

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BurlyBob

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#4 posted 05-24-2016 03:45 AM

Jeff you did a great refinishing that table. It’s much to beautiful and delicate to have been painted. A true classic!

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woodchuckerNJ

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#5 posted 05-24-2016 04:26 PM

Yea, still not sure it’s oak, Qtr Sawn Mahogany gives the same ray patterns as Qtr Sawn Oak. And this has the look and feel of Mahogany. But it’s quite hard to tell for sure.

Thanks. The top is everything, the rest of the wood didn’t have that wow factor.

-- Jeff NJ

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Andy

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#6 posted 05-24-2016 05:50 PM

Very nice refinish there. Thats definately quarter sawn oak, oak gives the most pronounced rays like that. Ive worked with it quite a bit. Also when oak is quarter sawn the pores are alot less visible as well.

-- Andy Smith https://www.etsy.com/shop/xrayhardwoods

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AlexPingel

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#7 posted 05-24-2016 05:57 PM

Wow- way to save that table! Great Job!

-- Alex

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AandCstyle

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#8 posted 05-24-2016 09:33 PM

Jeff, that is one beautiful table. Ya’ dun good!

-- Art

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gargey

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#9 posted 05-24-2016 10:40 PM


Yea, still not sure it s oak, Qtr Sawn Mahogany gives the same ray patterns as Qtr Sawn Oak. And this has the look and feel of Mahogany. But it s quite hard to tell for sure.

Thanks. The top is everything, the rest of the wood didn t have that wow factor.

- woodchuckerNJ

% likelihood mahogany: negative bazitrillion.
% likelihood QSWO: extremely high.

And aint nothin wrong with QSWO.

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CharlesA

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#10 posted 05-24-2016 10:41 PM



Yea, still not sure it s oak, Qtr Sawn Mahogany gives the same ray patterns as Qtr Sawn Oak.

- woodchuckerNJ

You sure about that?

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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Pointer

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#11 posted 05-25-2016 12:09 AM

Nicely done. I too hope this piece sees no paint.

-- Joe - - Laughter is like a windshied wiper, it doesn't stop the rain but allows us to keep going.

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Porchfish

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#12 posted 09-14-2016 07:38 PM

This is a fine example of the golden age of Oak furniture, and it is a fine example of the beauty of quarter sawn Quercus-Rubrus (Red Oak) a lot of which was manufactured in Cincinnati Ohio ! I refinished many a table like this in the early 60’s while paying my way through undergraduate school as a “Furniture Dr”. You did a fine job salvaging a great piece of Americana. You may be a little late on your estimate of date of origin. I would put it smack-dab in the heart of the golden age of Oak in the US…anywhere from the 90’s to the early teens. 1918 at the latest. If the top was a veneer, you might push the date up to the late 20’s maybe early 30’s… but you didn’t mention veneers so I’d say earlier. Very nice job !

-- The pig caught under the fence is always the one doing all the squealing !

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