Refinished table

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Project by sufficientwood posted 07-20-2011 12:16 PM 2414 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This table was in bad shape when it was given to me years ago by a family member. I remember eating off it as a kid so I wanted to see it in better condition. This is an old project, it was actually my first introduction into refinishing anything but I think it turned out okay. It is white oak, and I have since learned not to sand oak to 220 grit for staining. That explains the areas that didn’t take the stain very well! I used red oak stain and polyurethane, very simple application but I ended up with a presentable oak table for free. The only problem I had with the stripping process was getting the old finish out of the crevices on the feet. There are 3 concave grooves on each foot that were just black with old coats of who knows what kind of finish. Does anyone have any tips on how to clean tough areas like that out without removing too much wood? Thanks for looking, there are other projects to post here but I have to find them first…

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#1 posted 07-20-2011 03:00 PM

It looks great, but you should have taken a “before” photo as well.

I’m thinking a wire brush might help in crevices.

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

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Jeffrey Alexander

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#2 posted 07-20-2011 03:01 PM

Terrrrific restoration job and the restain is gorgeous! ! I’ve always used small Riffler files ever-so-lightly with the aid of a magnifying glass to clean out small crevices and valleys

-- "--Build Beauty to leave to those who appreciated it , not to ungrateful kids..."

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#3 posted 07-20-2011 03:32 PM

yep. I was told well after finishing one of my own projects that this works:

typically now, I just consider it a pain in the a** and try to leave those parts alone after a certain degree of sanding to leave it “distressed”. I also tend to think showing a LITTLE age isn’t exactly a bad thing for an old piece of furniture.. :)

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#4 posted 07-20-2011 11:21 PM

That looks exactly like my parents table. Both in condition and even down to the feet.

-- A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval. -- Mark Twain

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#5 posted 07-23-2011 03:53 AM

Dude – you got my table! I’ve had mine about 30 years and just got around to building another leaf but it doesn’t shine like yours!

-- Turning A Round

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#6 posted 10-31-2011 04:07 AM

Thank you all for the comments. I wish I had posted a before photo. This table is begging to be refinished again. It still looks like it does in the picture, but the red oak stain is a bit boring. Maybe in a few years I will refinish it in a medium fumed oak aniline. I don’t want to refinish this thing too many times and end up with no surface left to eat on though.

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