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Project by FLBert posted 05-01-2017 09:17 PM 1886 views 4 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My mother was left an old Singer treadle sewing machine table many years ago by my grandma. My daughter always loved it, even in its rough shape, so my mother gave it to her. Of course that means dad has a new project. The top was way beyond repair and my daughter liked the idea of using it as a table rather than a sewing machine anyways. This thing had been left to rust and I really thought I wouldn’t be able to bring it back to working order but to my surprise the thing came back to life after a good sand blasting and lubrication.
For the top I used Jatoba with Wenge edging. I thought the Wenge went with the base and love the grain of the Jatoba. I’d never worked with either but quickly learned what everyone talked about. Man at the splinters you get just looking at Wenge and that Jatoba can put a strain on a table saw as hard as it is. The finish is General Finishes Arm-r-Seal gloss, followed by rubbing it out with 800, 1200, 2000 grit, rubbing compound, polishing, then paste wax. I typically use more of a rubbed or semi gloss finish that I don’t rub out that much but wanted to give the wood a little extra so it stood out on the intricacies of the table base.
The base, after sandblasting just needed a good wipe down, then spray painted, and a gold paint pen for the details.
It was a fun project and my daughter is over the moon about it. She’s getting married in a couple of months and already has plans for it. Something about using it as a coffee bar I think.

Thanks for viewing. All comments welcome.

Bert

-- Bert, Lake City, FL





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johnlime

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#1 posted 05-01-2017 09:52 PM

I like the layout of the wood. You did a beautiful job with it.

-- johnlime

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pottz

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#2 posted 05-01-2017 10:43 PM

love the restoration on this,great way to repurpose.ive got my grandmothers old singer myself but dont know if i could ever dismantle it,even though they have no real value,everybody seems to have one.sentimental reasons i guess.great job.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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JRAP

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#3 posted 05-02-2017 05:57 AM

It looks like you painted the metal. How did you get the effect of having the raised letters and such, being gold?

-- -- Jim, Cumberland,RI -- Life is all the other stuff you do when you're not in the shop. - http://www.woodshopshed.com

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FLBert

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#4 posted 05-02-2017 11:36 AM

Pottz,

I was really concerned about the dismantle as well. But I soaked all the bolts with some Blaster for a day or so and when I went to work on it I had a couple that put up a struggle, but not much.

Bert

-- Bert, Lake City, FL

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FLBert

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#5 posted 05-02-2017 11:39 AM

Jim,

I found some oil paint pens. Sharpie makes some but I found these at Walmart in the craft section based on a suggestion I read online. They came in medium and fine points but for this the medium did it all. Worked great… not one run or worry of going outside the lines with an errant brush stroke.

Bert

-- Bert, Lake City, FL

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jeffswildwood

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#6 posted 05-02-2017 11:48 AM

This is really nice. You did a fantastic job on this table. The finish is amazing. I bet your daughter was excited to get this!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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helluvawreck

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#7 posted 05-02-2017 03:32 PM

Wow! You did a great job on this. It’s very attractive and a nice eye catcher.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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ralbuck

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#8 posted 05-02-2017 03:53 PM

Fabulous!

Just how are you going to top this project!

-- SAWDUST is THERAPY without a couch! just rjR

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FoundSheep

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#9 posted 05-02-2017 04:03 PM

You did a fantastic job bringing the table back to life. Definitely inspiring to think of different rehabs for other pieces.

How did you sand blast to remove the rust? I’ve never done something like that, only seen one once in an auto repair shop.

-- -Will, FoundSheep Designs

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FLBert

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#10 posted 05-02-2017 04:30 PM

Will,

I used a gravity feed gun that held probably a quart of builders sand (or other abrasives if you wanted) hooked up to my compressor hose. It’s not a fast project but doesn’t take a lot either. Probably an hour and a half to two hours total and a lot of that is stopping to refill the gun- it comes out quick. Biggest thing is protection. I used not only goggles but a face shield as the sand really bounces back at you. I had sand in all the “wrong places” even with the mask, long sleeve shirt etc. hahaha. It’s not something I want to do every day but it was a fun getting to try a new toy….

I think a similar gun can be picked up for under $25 from Harbor Freight. I used one my dad had so I don’t know what he paid for it.

Bert

-- Bert, Lake City, FL

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JRAP

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#11 posted 05-03-2017 05:53 AM

I see, so the whole thing was painted black, and then using the pens, you just went over the raised areas. Nice.

-- -- Jim, Cumberland,RI -- Life is all the other stuff you do when you're not in the shop. - http://www.woodshopshed.com

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FoundSheep

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#12 posted 05-03-2017 12:55 PM

Ok, that sounds like a much more practical solution than I was imagining. When I heard sand blasting, I thought of the large machines with the hoods that stood about 6’ high x 6’ long x 4’ deep. Hooking a gravity can to a compressor is much more reasonable for a hobbyist!

-- -Will, FoundSheep Designs

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Timmy2Hands

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#13 posted 05-06-2017 03:43 PM

Bert, This is a very nice piece.
Can you tell me about how you attached the top? My father has a Singer base with a glass top and he wants a walnut table top instead.

-- Tim

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FLBert

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#14 posted 05-06-2017 04:43 PM

Tim,
On this one it has 4 holes in the base to attach the top. I just had to predrill the holes in the top and used some #10 or #12 pan head screws and washers. The holes we big enough to allow for expansion. The base is pretty heavy so I won’t be lifting by the to very much just to be safe.

Bert

-- Bert, Lake City, FL

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