|Forum topic by Doug||posted 1022 days ago||1722 views||0 times favorited||10 replies|
1022 days ago
I am looking for some advice on refinishing an oak table and filling in some holes.
Background: Perhaps against our better judgement we bought a round kitchen table more or less via the internet….unseen in orther words. Unfortunately, it came with “worm holes” and antiquing” which the description nor pictures didn’t indicate.
My wife and I envision the holes in a table being filled with bits of food, milk, mashed up peas, playdoh etc. We generally like the table other than this rather large negative, and being generally an overestimator of my skills and an underestimator of the time and work it takes to do other projects told my wife I could refinish it. The holes are about 1/16” diameter and about 1/4” deep and bunched in groups of 12 or so in 6-8 places around the 48” diameter table.
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My original thought was to simply try to figure out what kind of finish it was to determine whether I could fill in the holes, lightly sand, and apply another couple coats of a finish. Having had the table for a little while I have found that where one of our kids cereal bowls sat for a hour or so in the morning sun in a puddle of spilled milk, the finish came up in a little ring matching the bowl. So now I expect to have to take it down to bare wood sand start over.
I would lilke to beg some advice on the best methods to complete all this including a durable finish to handle lots of spills, banging of utensils (my kids are 3 and 1) and expected laziness for the inevitable not cleaning up the spills until the next morning.
I was planning on sanding the top surface using a random orbital sander and using some type of soft block to hand sand the contoured edges and skirt.
What is the best way to fill in the holes? (I have some red oak sawdust I saved from a previous project and have had heard that sawdust mixed with glue can fill holes quite well, and looks better than the putty’s but I’m not sure how it will take a finish.)
Is about 5 coats of a satin polyurethane the best finish for a kitchen table? What about a shellac? I will be going low tech here since I don’t have any spray equipment, I would like to maintain the slightly darker color since I have lighter oak floors and don’t want it to appear that I’m trying to get them to match but do not know yet if the table color is due to tinting or an oil stain or a gel. I guess I’ll find that out when I sand it down.
I would appreciate any advice anyone has.
-- Doug, WA