|Forum topic by Quixxo||posted 07-16-2015 03:13 PM||765 views||0 times favorited||4 replies|
07-16-2015 03:13 PM
I just bought a neat drafting table. I don’t know how old it is – not old enough to be an antique but it is probably 30+ years old. The overall condition is pretty good. However there are a few cracks on the left and right side of the top that seem to be where the end-grain has cracked. Along either side is a metal bracket – presumably for a T-square to ride.
Perhaps this is inevitable when the wood dries. And I would suspect it likely won’t get much worse even if I do nothing. But I thought I would ask for some other opinions here.
1) I could try to fill the cracks – may help aesthetically. If so I would probably want to refinish it….
2) I could lightly sand and then try to refinish it. If I were to do this I would probably try something like a clear or light orange shellac (after testing in some other area.) I like shellac but that wouldn’t moisturize the wood. It has some sort of finish on it that is not simply an oil finish (may be shellac given the period). If it was an oil finish I would probably just put a coat of oil on it and be done.
Or maybe just leave it alone. I would appreciate any input.
Detail of crack