Occasional Table

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Project by Joedcatman posted 01-05-2011 04:47 AM 1484 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a solid oak table that I rebuilt. The story goes: Just before Thanksgiving my dear wife wanted a leaf or two for our pedestal-base, quarter-sawn, antique, round oak kitchen table. I traveled near and far to price enough oak lumber to make two 16” x 42” leaves. Soon after the sticker shock wore off, I was at our local Goodwill store and found a 6 1/2’ x 42” solid oak dining table for $40. I took it apart, sawed off two leaves for our table and reassembled the remaining pieces – refinished the rest into a cute little 34” x 42” x 30” high occasional table shown here. It came with the cabriolet legs but all of it had to be sanded down to bare wood.

I finished the table with one coat of golden oak stain, 2 coats of sanding sealer and 3 coats of wipe-on Polyurethane for durability.

Lotsa fun!

-- JoeR Nothing that I could make will ever be perfect but I'll use it anyway.

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#1 posted 01-05-2011 05:04 AM

When all else fails – improvise! Nice job.

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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#2 posted 01-05-2011 07:04 AM

Two projects for the price of none. Nice restore. I hope the new leaf table worked out well too.

-- Life is about choices. You can spend a lot of money on furniture and have really nice furniture; Or you can spend a lot on tools and have even more expensive, crappy furniture. I made my choice.

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#3 posted 01-05-2011 10:49 AM

Now that’s what I call a deal , 2 new tables not a lot of outlay & you saved a tree for our grandchildren BIG pat on the back for that man. Real nice
Best regards

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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#4 posted 01-05-2011 01:00 PM

Great Job on the reclamation Joe, and excellent results!! Nice Work!!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#5 posted 01-05-2011 02:21 PM

Beautiful restoration Joe. It seems to me that you were lucky to find such a good piece or maybe you just have a good eye for quality.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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