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Forum topic by thelt posted 01-18-2010 08:23 PM 935 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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thelt

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01-18-2010 08:23 PM

I am refinishing an old coffee table that I got where the top was all beat up as well as the apron and legs. Thought it might be something that could be salvaged. Here’s the problem. I don’t know what kind of wood was used in making it to start with. I’ve pretty much resigned myself to actually making a new top. I sanded down to bare wood the apron and legs. I put a coat of tung oil on it. I want it a little darker to match the other household furniture. The tung oil darkened it a little but not enough. Anybody have any ideas? Can I stain over the tung oil? What can I do. Her are a couple of pics as it is right now.

-- When asked what I did to make life worthwhile in my lifetime....I can respond with a great deal of pride and satisfaction, "I served a career in the United States Navy."


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#1 posted 01-18-2010 10:30 PM

Looks like a big project. I can’t tell from the photos what it is Have you thought of having a smoaked glass top made? I guess that may be a little expensive though.
I am in the process of refinishing a desk with a return 60” X 70” it was so dark I could not tell what kind of wood it was and I thought it was just particle board with veneered paper. Boy was I wrong turns out its walnut veneered plywood and a thick veneer at that with 1/4” edge band. The desk is done and I will bring the return in and attach it tomorrow. And to think I all most took it to salvation army but thought they would not take it. Whew cloae one!

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#2 posted 01-18-2010 11:27 PM

You got that right. what I had considered doing is getting some maple from Lowe’s, glueing up to the right width and using the old particle board top as a pattern.

-- When asked what I did to make life worthwhile in my lifetime....I can respond with a great deal of pride and satisfaction, "I served a career in the United States Navy."

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#3 posted 01-19-2010 01:13 AM

After you mill and laminate some boards, you could actually use the table itself as a pattern with a zero clearance (pattern follower) router bit, then treat the edge with round over bits or some such, stain, poly and fasten it.

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

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#4 posted 01-19-2010 02:11 PM

No idea on what kind of wood, kinda has the feel and weight of ash. The mess on the bench was cleaned up yesterday. I’m not a good house keeper. LOL. Can I stain over the tung oil?

-- When asked what I did to make life worthwhile in my lifetime....I can respond with a great deal of pride and satisfaction, "I served a career in the United States Navy."

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#5 posted 01-19-2010 03:17 PM

Hi Telt,
I had luck once mixing a little bottom of the stain can pigment with tung oil over a repaired area (Water stain). Area already had tung oil finish on it, It just took and extra hour or so to dry. No promises but it worked once for me. Good luck, looks like a great project.

-- Marty Ohio

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#6 posted 01-19-2010 03:28 PM

Formby’s isn’t tung oil; its a highly diluted wiping varnish.
Sand, use an oil-based stain then finish with a good polyurethane varnish.

-- 温故知新

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