Refinished Table

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Project by Matt posted 02-11-2014 02:26 PM 839 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So my wife had been discussing getting a new table, but I, being a bit of a titewad, didn’t want to spend money on a new table when there was nothing wrong with the one we had. While visiting my parents house one weekend, I noticed that my dad had stripped and restained the family table to a much darker shade. My wife liked the idea, and thus a bargain was struck.

I started stripping the table using Crown’s liquid stripper (I don’t recall what type of chemical). I do not recommend the stuff; it really didn’t seem to do anything. I ended up just sanding the finish and stain off.

Next, I stained it using Minwax Dark Walnut. The sides, bottom and legs took the stain well, but the top, not so much. The stain would just pool on the surface of the wood. I figure this was a product of the hard would (maple I belive), and years of furniture polish/wood oil (the table is one that my wife grew up eating at, and her mother is very religious about cleaning. Maybe that’s where my wife gets it?). Eventially, the table top took on enough color for the quality control department.

For the finish, I tried something new this time. I went with the Minwax water-based oil modified poly. I don’t like that the directions tell you to do three coats to start with, but I really do like the low odor and easy clean up. We will see how the finish holds up over time.

Over all the wife is happy because she has a “new” table, and I am happy because we didn’t spend a ton on something I didn’t feel we needed to replace and I got a fair amount of shop time (even if it was finishing work).

-- Molon Labe

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#1 posted 02-11-2014 02:27 PM

Oh, just for clarification, the first picture is the finished product, and the other two are before pictures. Not great quality photography, but it’s what I’ve got.

-- Molon Labe

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#2 posted 02-12-2014 07:34 AM

Man, you are a braver man than I. I stripped a tabletop once and it was plain torture. Good job on this one, and a great way to save a few bucks!

-- The Wood Is Your Oyster

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#3 posted 02-12-2014 01:50 PM

Thanks for the kind words.

Stripping the table wasn’t the torture. Stripping the chairs is. I think I have about 4 hours work of work on one chair (out of four), and I’d say I’m only about 2/3 done! I guess I do have more time than money though.

-- Molon Labe

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#4 posted 02-13-2014 12:16 AM

Very Nice Project Indeed! Thanks for Sharing.


-- Hope Everyone Is Doing Well! .... Best Regards: Rick

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#5 posted 11-19-2015 11:20 PM

I’ve done a fair amount of refinishing work, and I know how difficult a project like this is, especially if you stripped the spindles in the chairs. Great job and I’ll bet you’re glad it’s over!

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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