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Project by Rev_John posted 10-06-2007 06:14 PM 1741 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This summer we took a trip to North Carolina for a family reunion. We were staying at my wife’s Aunt’s house. It’s a great place on a lake. Several years ago her daughter spilled fingernail polish remover on one end of her dining room table. She has been meaning to take it to a refinishes for years but she lives alone and has had a very serious auto accident, breaking her back. She experiences some pain, but at 81 she is doing great!
We were their a week and so I went down to the local stores and purchased the items I needed to refinish the top {the 3 leafs are a future project). She got the table as a family hand-down. She thinks it is about 100 years old, but her cousin that she got it from used it to store motor oil etc. It still had sings of the old oil stains. Some time ago her husband had washed it and put lacquer on it with a brush.
I looked for a cabinet scraper everywhere, but in a small town! So I went to more manual way of stripping and preparing the wood. The center is mahogany with a 8 inch band of walnut around the edges. I spray coated it with three coats of Lacquer.
While the rest of the family played games and talked, I took the table to the lakeside screened porch and did my thing. Except for the 104 temp, I really enjoyed this trip.

-- John from Jackson, Michigan

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#1 posted 10-06-2007 06:20 PM

That’s what I call a nice shop with a view!

Excellent job on the table top. It looks like an heirloom that has been handled with kid gloves for years.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 10-06-2007 07:13 PM

Nice job! I’ll bet she appreciated your labors.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#3 posted 10-06-2007 07:13 PM

Nice work John. What a great place to work as well.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#4 posted 10-06-2007 07:40 PM

beautiful table; beautiful work. beautiful vacation!! :)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#5 posted 10-06-2007 10:32 PM

Interesting combination of wood, and the way the grain pattern runs, I wonder if this was made in a home shop by some great-great family member? Either way you look at it, I’ll bet she’s really thrilled to have it renewed. Great job!

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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#6 posted 10-07-2007 12:38 AM

Looks good! I like the contrasting woods.

-- Kirk H. --

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#7 posted 10-07-2007 04:38 AM

John. A great restoration. Even without cabinet scrapers it looks like you got the finish down quite well.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#8 posted 10-07-2007 04:47 AM

really nice work John ! great save

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#9 posted 10-07-2007 05:06 AM

Great save and a very generous act on your part. I really enjoy hearing stories about help for the elderly. I bet that she was really thrilled to have her table looking like new again. And like everyone else said – the view ain’t bad at all. Thanks for your kindness and for sharing your story.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#10 posted 10-07-2007 05:13 PM

Reallly great restoration!

-- Spread love with our work

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#11 posted 10-07-2007 05:39 PM

Well done, great save

-- Atelierwoodworks Vaud Switzerland

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