Refinished folding table

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Project by BobTheFish posted 06-02-2011 03:00 AM 2124 views 1 time favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

This table came out of the same basement as the chairs.

after seeing the work I had done just stripping the mahogany chair, the gentleman I used to work with approached me with a table. He felt somewhat attached to the piece, but knew it was in a little bit of disrepair. Again, moisture hit it, the plywood started to separate a little, and the screws were loose making it a bit rickety. He asked me to fix it up, and told me he’d even pay me. I felt unsure of my skills, and honestly, I didn’t want to ruin something I hadn’t much knowledge about. When I conveyed this to the gentleman, he understood. He told me to take it, and do something “creative” with it, and keep it. If I were to make a fortune on it, he only wanted a percentage… “hahaha…” I thought.

Well, I took it home, and stripped it with a soy based stripper that I was playing around with. After removing many years worth of red dye, I got pretty close to the original wood, though the dye was so thorough, I’d have had to do more stripping and sanding than possible to the chair to get to bare wood. So I stained the legs of it with minwax’s red mahogany (hahaha.. red.. year right.. this was a dull brown compared to the reds I was stripping away), and then glued and clamped back down some of the old ply from the top. Rather than just a plain jane top, I decided I’d do something “creative” as instructed, and got out my veneers. Since portions of this table were unabashedly plywood, I ran with the idea of just veneering the top, and letting the side edge of the veneer stay exposed. I stained some etimoe veneer with the same stain, and luckily was able to match colors well. I took a sheet of my left over paua shell, and cut a few diamonds. A few minutes and half a roll of blue painter’s tape later, I had an electric blue star emblazoned down the center of the table, with the fold running straight through it.

I was so happy with the finished results, and really wanted to keep the piece. However, I remember how the gentleman had given me so much, and even the table itself, which he originally wanted to keep… I couldn’t do it. I regifted it back to him as thanks for the previous projects and the faith in my work. It’s still in use in his music room today.

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#1 posted 06-04-2011 01:21 AM

a wonderful re-build and re-gift

i love the inlay
and i bet your friend does too

well done

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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