|Project by Matt||posted 02-11-2014 02:26 PM||890 views||0 times favorited||5 comments|
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