Hurricane Katrina Resurrection!

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Project by RONFINCH posted 05-24-2010 06:36 PM 3095 views 5 times favorited 44 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I didn’t hesitate agreeing to “fix” my girlfriend’s table when she asked, even though it was sight un-seen. As my son stated, “that’s not a table, that’s firewood” when we finally got a look at it. This table had been made by Cindy’s father (deceased now) for her mother when she was about 2…......(50 years ago, don’t tell her I said that!). After floating and soaking in the flood waters of Katrina for about 2 weeks, it was finished. I’m sure that sentimental value was the reason she kept “the pieces”, after all, her father made it for her mother! As you can see, the pecan wood had seen better days having developed twists, cups, warps, and whatever else you can imagine! Well, with a couple of planer blades, lots of glue, patience, head scratching, and immense help from my son, it is finished!

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#1 posted 05-24-2010 06:48 PM

It sure looks good.

-- Ohh mann...pancakes and boobies...I'll bet that's what Heaven is like! ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣

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#2 posted 05-24-2010 06:50 PM

Ron, You’ve brought it back to life. That’s a really nice table…. now!

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#3 posted 05-24-2010 06:51 PM

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#4 posted 05-24-2010 06:54 PM

What a great story. Nice save!

-- Scott

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#5 posted 05-24-2010 07:05 PM

Man, that is one of the finest restorations I’ve ever seen!

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

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#6 posted 05-24-2010 07:07 PM

Outstanding job!

-- Dragonsrite, Minnesota

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#7 posted 05-24-2010 07:11 PM

Great save! The table looks fantastic. I’m sure your girlfriend was thrilled!!!!

-- Paul, North Dakota, USAF Ret.

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#8 posted 05-24-2010 07:16 PM

Great job and great story.

It delights me to hear of these kind of restorations.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#9 posted 05-24-2010 07:41 PM

Absolutely incredible! Wonderful job.

-- Tim, Plant City FL

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#10 posted 05-24-2010 07:50 PM

Ron, you should be proud of this restoration, you have done a marvelous job.

I expect your girlfriend is well pleased.


-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#11 posted 05-24-2010 08:22 PM

Wow! Great job!! I wouldn’t even know where to begin with trying to restore something like that!

-- Mike Minneapolis, MN

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#12 posted 05-24-2010 08:45 PM

Fabulous story, fabulous restoration!


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#13 posted 05-24-2010 09:43 PM

Fantastic job! My only observation is that I would call this a rebuild rather than a restoration! It looks like you had to completely disassemble it before starting to put the table back together. Amazing show of patience, and the end result is truly spectacular. You should be very proud.

-- David from Indiana --

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#14 posted 05-24-2010 09:47 PM

Good point, David! It, in fact, had to be entirely disassembled (what was left that hadn’t fallen apart already)....

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#15 posted 05-24-2010 09:57 PM

I was looking back at this and was wondering what you used to finish that pecan? Was that the natural color, or did you stain it? It looks great—the deep colors are really fantastic.

-- David from Indiana --

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