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Project by DIYWaterDog posted 03-28-2017 04:19 AM 871 views 2 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I took a trashed wine table and turned it into a beautiful piece of furniture that is sure to be valued as a family heirloom. A little bit of finish work, pennies, and glazing does the trick.

Years ago I acquired this table from my grandmother. At one time it had a leather top. My first intentions were to have it “professionally” recovered in a faux leather to bring it back to it’s original beauty and style. . Since it was a family heirloom I wanted it done RIGHT!

That plan crashed at burned horribly. I took the table to what I thought was a professional. Apparently a professional upholster is not the same as a professional in leather table tops. When I received the table back from the professional I was deeply disappointed in the workmanship of the piece. The bottom line was that the edging on the material cuts were terrible. The overall condition of the table was worse and less presentable than when I left it with the “professional” with a bare wood top. After a long discussion with the professional and disagreement, I was refunded the cost of labor. But, I was still out $75 for the materials. Bummer!

I was very close to trashing this table all together out of frustration and the money lost on the first attempt to have a professional refurbish the table. After calming myself, I decided to give it new life and an entirely new look.

If you care to see how it was done… Go to my Instructable page for the start to finish project.

Hope this inspires someone else to do something similar.

-- Why pay somebody when you can DIY?!?





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builtinbkyn

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#1 posted 03-28-2017 05:55 PM

I generally don’t say something unless I have something nice to say. However, it looks like you took a would be beautiful antique mahogany table (probably handmade) and well …... might not be worth two cents now. It was worth a lot more, both intrinsically and monetarily before it was defiled :( This is something you do with store bought pine furniture IMO.

Also, this isn’t a “woodworking project”. This is a home craft project.

Sorry I just had to get that off of my chest.

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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helluvawreck

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#2 posted 03-28-2017 07:11 PM

It’s very creative and nice looking.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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leafherder

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#3 posted 03-28-2017 07:45 PM

Great save, but I have to ask:
1. Are all the pennies heads up or did you mix it up?
2. Did you keep the pennies in date order as you applied them?
3. Did you check the pennies before gluing to make sure you were not destroying the value of a rare 1909 VDB that could be worth over $1000?

(And 4. are you now running to the table with a magnifying glass to look for a 1909 VDB?) LOL

Thanks for sharing,

-- Leafherder

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Mainiac Matt

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#4 posted 03-28-2017 07:47 PM

That’s an interesting table. I’ve never seen a small circle top table that low to the ground.

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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DIYWaterDog

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#5 posted 03-28-2017 10:03 PM

Thanks for the comments!

@builtinbkyn I assure you that this table had more sentimental value than monetary. So, it was not defiled. If anything I lost money on the attempted refurbish. Definitely not mahogany, maple at best dating to the 1960’s. haters gonna hate. LOL! FYI… I guess we could debate, but… Webster definition… Definition of woodworking: the act, process, or occupation of working wood into a useful or desired form

The table is now finally useful after refinishing and adding new materials for a new top.

When you begin gluing over 800 pennies you take notice of the details. There are some wheat leaf pennies, so no lost treasures there.

I did alternate the rows as I worked from the outside in. Head/Tails. There is one penny that I intentionally placed wrong side up in one of the rows. Makes a nice fun game to search for it for anyone seeing it for the first time.

I believe this originated as a “wine table”. So, yes it is a little lower than most end tables. Overall, sure to be a family heirloom for the kids to fight over when I pass on.

-- Why pay somebody when you can DIY?!?

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DIYWaterDog

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#6 posted 03-28-2017 10:08 PM

@builtinbkyn

Just wanted to share with you the last line in the welcome message I received when I joined this site.

—“Show respect even to people who don’t deserve it, not as a reflection of their character, but as a reflection of yours.”

-- Why pay somebody when you can DIY?!?

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#7 posted 03-29-2017 12:40 AM

nice work on the table

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#8 posted 03-29-2017 12:42 AM

nice work on the table

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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builtinbkyn

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#9 posted 03-29-2017 02:34 AM

Sorry. I guess I was a bit harsh. Not my usual method. I probably should have been more subtle.

Can I ask – did you ever think of re-applying the leather top yourself and restoring it to original condition vs the penny idea?


@builtinbkyn

Just wanted to share with you the last line in the welcome message I received when I joined this site.

—“Show respect even to people who don’t deserve it, not as a reflection of their character, but as a reflection of yours.”

- DIYWaterDog


-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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SawduztJunky

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#10 posted 03-29-2017 02:36 AM

Like

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Monte Pittman

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#11 posted 03-29-2017 02:50 AM

It came out nice.

Yes, sometimes saving sentimental value is overrated. I would like to have seen the original.

Welcome to Lumberjocks.

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

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DIYWaterDog

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#12 posted 03-29-2017 04:28 AM



Sorry. I guess I was a bit harsh. Not my usual method. I probably should have been more subtle.

Can I ask – did you ever think of re-applying the leather top yourself and restoring it to original condition vs the penny idea?

@builtinbkyn

Just wanted to share with you the last line in the welcome message I received when I joined this site.

—“Show respect even to people who don’t deserve it, not as a reflection of their character, but as a reflection of yours.”

- DIYWaterDog

- builtinbkyn

Yes I did consider. I took quite a bit of time to research but did not trust my skill set or patience to risk botching up a 100-200 dollar piece of leather for a first timer. That is why I took it to a supposed professional who made a mess of the table as mentioned above. Overall, it really does look sharp. I’d do it again with tthe right table. Apology accepted.

-- Why pay somebody when you can DIY?!?

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