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Safari/Camping Table Freshen up

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Project by Roz posted 730 days ago 1048 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

What is it? I wasn’t sure myself. It turned out to be a really heavy duty card table made for camping.
My trusty antique experts down the street knew what it was.

It had a weather resistant finish and Oil cloth covered top. It was tired, beat up, burned and needed some work so I got it. I remember camping with my cousins and it being a part of the Pop up camper’s equipment. I think it was old even then.

It is made of solid White Oak and the center insert was past board over a rough cut wooden frame, covered in oil cloth. The folding mechanisms are aluminum and in good shape.

I sanded, oiled and applied a coat of Shellac to the wooden frame. I replaced the past board with Luan and covered it in green oil cloth. It looks nice again. The entire project took two days including drying time. I though it was too good to throw away so I fixed it. Now, it too is out of my shop.

It now resides in my favorite Antique shop, “It’s All in the Past” where with a little luck someone furnishing a hunting cabin, lake house or wanting a solid folding table will give it a home.

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."





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kiefer

2948 posts in 1266 days


#1 posted 730 days ago

Yes these where around in the sixties and seventies ,we had one in the family and it got taken to who ever had a party for the kids to eat at,ours wasn’t as nice as this one but sure got use a lot even on some camping trips .

-- Kiefer 松

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peteg

2818 posts in 1422 days


#2 posted 730 days ago

Yer we even had some of these down our way in NZ Terry, there were many a very happy family night spent sitting around the card table & the best part was at the end of the night who cared who won, or lost.
Lovely nostalgic post Mate & BTW a ripper job on the restore.
Pete

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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CharlieM1958

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#3 posted 729 days ago

Great restoration, Roz. Now you’ve got a folding table that is much better than any of the cheap junk being sold today.

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

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stefang

12576 posts in 1933 days


#4 posted 729 days ago

Nice work Terry. It’s always good to see something old come back to life, makes be wish I were made of wood!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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jack1

1907 posts in 2626 days


#5 posted 729 days ago

I’ve been called wooden headed…

Seriously, good work. Refinishing can be a super way to save good stuff.

Jack

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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Roz

1658 posts in 2385 days


#6 posted 729 days ago

Yeah, me too Stefang

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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