|Project by DeLayne Peck||posted 10-29-2016 06:30 AM||1784 views||5 times favorited||12 comments|
This is a project that I abandoned almost 30 years ago. While preparing to sell my former home, I was faced with the overwhelming challenge of cleaning out my old Model T garage/shop. I found the top I built for the circa 1895 “New Home” wrought iron legs. In parts, it was in terrible condition. The animal residents of old shop literally did a job on the table top.
Bad as it was, I couldn’t throw the project out. It had me. Maybe it was the grace of those antique legs, the beauty of the white oak, and the nostalgia of a project from that old shop in my ShopSmith era.
There’s also been something haunting about this restoration project. I am nearly 70 and I was finishing the work of my then 40ish year old self. “The Kid” as I refer to him was pretty good considering the equipment he had. The bow front design and rounded corners compliments the legs. But, there were some frustrating exceptions that prompted a few “Why the hell did you do thats.”
The top and undercarriage were sanded down through sandpaper grades to clean wood. The drawer front posed difficult clearance problems. The top of the drawer front was shaved down through the table saw. Using an old trick, playing card were used to center the drawer front and establish the clearance with the top.
Finish: Not apparent in the pictures, the legs were spray-painted dark brown. That softened the harsh black japaned wrought iron and compliments the top. Minwax red oak stain, 5 coats of Minwax satin poly finish on the white oak.
-- DJ Peck, Lincoln Nebraska. Lord, keep your arm around my shoulder and your hand over my mouth.