$10 Table Restored

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Project by ChefHDAN posted 1074 days ago 1132 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I broke about 6 traffic laws turning around when I saw this out in front of a yard sale. It was in decent shape but someone had left a potted plant or something on top of it and the finish on the tray top was totally gone, stain was faded out, and the rim on the tray was coming off too from the water damage. An extra $5 in shop supplies and 4 hours of elbow grease and there’s another table in the living room.

Added some of the before pics, the one in the shop with the table together was taken after an alcohol rubdown which minimized the appearance of the water damage, but wasn’t enough, knew I had to strip it. Bottom just got a 320 sanding light staining to cover nicks & dings & three shots of poly

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#1 posted 1074 days ago

That… Is… Gorgeous…


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#2 posted 1074 days ago

Nice trophy !

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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#3 posted 1074 days ago

very nice save on the table, looks great.


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#4 posted 1074 days ago

oooooh pretty
well picked up too

-- Theresa,

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#5 posted 1073 days ago

Looks worth it!! Hope you didn’t get any tickets ;-))

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#6 posted 1073 days ago

Nice restoration job. Was the top solid wood or is it veneer? I have a nice night stand that a glass of water was left to condensate on and damaged the finish. It is cherry veneer and I am worried about damaging the veneer if I try to refinish it. Have any pointers?

-- Michael Mills, North Carolina,

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#7 posted 1073 days ago

You certainly made a good investment! Your restoration looks terrific. Thanks for sharing.


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#8 posted 1068 days ago

Thanks Ya’ll
@Michael1 If you’ve only got a single water ring, try the mayonaise trick first.. I don’t know why it works it just does… if that won’t lift the ring you’ll need to refinish. My table was actually veneered PB which I only realized when I had to remove and re-install the banding. Overall, I did very little sanding, I used Kleen-Kutter Remover from Kleen Strip to remove the topcoat. I apply it liberally with a fine scotchbrite and then wipe off the melted finish with t-shirts from the rag bag. I have learned to work the whole top evenly and not just focus in one area. THe KKRemover won’t really lift the stain but if you scrub in a single area you’ll lighten the color. ONce the finish is off, I use a wet rag and fully clean any residues, light sand with 320 to cut any raised grain and then go to finishing.

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#9 posted 1068 days ago

Great job, I have never heard of a mayo trick. Can you expand on that one?

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#10 posted 1068 days ago

Okay, the question made me look it up and now I know why it works, you can learn it also here,

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