Refinished A Couple Veneer Table Tops

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Project by Matthew Riemenschneider posted 06-09-2011 05:22 PM 2868 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So theses here are some very nice card playing table tops. I restored them a bit for my friends dad. Her grandpa made these 60 years ago and they were in her aunts house not being cared for. Water damage, bubbling and aged a bit. I stripped both of them. Scraped them all the way down to the Veneer. Then sanded gently and after I added about 5 coats of semi gloss. Turned out great. Her dad really enjoyed them. Thanks!

-- M. Riemenschneider "I am a firm believer in luck, and I find that the harder I work, the more I have of it" - T.J.

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#1 posted 06-09-2011 07:18 PM

nice is an understatement

they are great

you did a wonderful job
of bringing them back to life

nice work

-- 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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#2 posted 06-09-2011 07:42 PM

It would be nice to see before pix. But if you are like me that is the kind of thing you think of after it turns out great and you want to show off the improvement but then it is too late. : )

good work.
was the veneer bubbling or was it just the finish? If it was the veneer, how did you fix it, that is a skill id like to put in my tool box.

Thanks, D

-- Derek

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#3 posted 06-09-2011 09:07 PM

Hey Derek
I hear ya man, I was thinking that exact thing when i finished them. lol damn. but no the Veneer pieces were not bubbling the finish was. but that alone was a challenge. Thanks.

-- M. Riemenschneider "I am a firm believer in luck, and I find that the harder I work, the more I have of it" - T.J.

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#4 posted 06-09-2011 11:32 PM

Well, I wasn’t 100% certain of how to fix bubbled veneer myself, but I thought you basically would handle it like bubbles in wallpaper or other affixed surfaces…

And I was right.

You can either use an iron (with moist towels of course) to reheat and reset the glue, or if that doesn’t work, cut a small slit or using a hypodermic needle, inject a bit of wood glue into the bubble and clamp it down.

I’ve only had to repair separating edges, which is similar, but not exactly the same, so I had to check myself.

Those tops are gorgeous though. Great repair!!!!

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#5 posted 06-10-2011 03:45 AM

Nice save on a family heirloom!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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