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Forum topic by BurlyBlues posted 03-27-2011 11:49 PM 1400 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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BurlyBlues

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03-27-2011 11:49 PM

Hi, I’m just joining this forum and I am a complete novice when it comes to woodworking, so bare with me.
Okay, that said, I REALLY #!#* SCREWED UP A BEAUTIFUL MANZANITA BURL WOOD TABLE! She was a beauty 48×24 base with a 60×34 glass top. Found it on Craigslist for $100.00 and nailed it! Okay, so it was 30-40 years old and it was dirty and I wanted to spruce it up.

I called my local wood workers shop and asked them what the best product would be to use on it. The guy told me Teak Oil. I bought the most expensive can they had! I was going to make my table like new again! WRONG WRONG WRONG WRONG WRONG. Teak oil turned my beautiful blonde and reddish table black. I tried washing and scrubbing it off but there was no budging the teak oil. So….what to do, what to do?

I decided to put it outside in the rain, the snow, and the sun and let the elements have at it for about a year. That indeed got rid of the teak oil and it looked like a piece of grayish white driftwood. I was ready to tackle it again, someone recommended Linseed oil this time. Wrong again. Linseed oil over silvery driftwood turned it to a mucky lifeless brown and black. So that’s where I’m at this Sunday afternoon looking for help. I really want to save this magnificent piece of burl art but afraid it’s just firewood at this point. I remember seeing this table at 30 years ago at Macy’s retailing between $3000.00-$4000.00. Can anyone guide me in the right direction as to what to do. Sand blasting maybe?

Sherry In Seattle

P.S. I posted this in a different category, not sure which category this falls under. Apologies in advance.


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Gene Howe

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#1 posted 03-27-2011 11:55 PM

Try sanding it. You should be able to get through the grey fairly easily with a good random orbit sander.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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BurlyBlues

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#2 posted 03-28-2011 12:33 AM

Thank you for your reply. I’ve looked at sanders and don’t think there’s one made that can get into the deep knots and twists. Would a brush of some sort that fits onto a drill bit do the trick? The only other thing I can think of is to have it sand blasted.
Thanks,
Sherry

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larryw

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#3 posted 03-28-2011 03:08 AM

Sherry, I would think that the only way to get back to the original wood surface is to plane it, and you could probably only do that on the flat surfaces, although now that I think about it, planing burl might not be such a good idea either, since burl has a tendancy to tear out when being planed. As Gene mentioned your only hope is probably to sand, and yes they make a “flap” sanding wheel that might fit a drill, other than that you might just have to take it to a professional shop to have it refinished. Before you do that though you might want to contact Michael Dresdner, he is a professional wood finisher, and has written books on the subject ( I have one of them). I’ve been to his web site which offers free advise for such problems, so check him out first, maybe he can help you. Best of luck

-- "everything is beautiful, but not everyone sees it" ~confucius-551-449 b.c.~

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#4 posted 03-28-2011 05:12 AM

Hi Larryw, I love your signature line! Thank you for taking the time to respond to me. I think I’m going to have to have it sand blasted. There is no way to get a tool in between the cracks, crevices, nodules, twists and turns. These are raw burls pieced and nailed together to make a massive 4ft. table. I can’t believe I was so misguided…oil is not the way to go on Manzanita. Thanks for your suggestions.

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larryw

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#5 posted 03-29-2011 03:07 AM

Thanks Sherry, I thought that quote from confucius is rather fitting these days, kinda like ” take time to smell the roses” thing. I think there are so many things keeping people busy and distracting us , that we don’t really notice all the beauty around us. Best of luck on your table. larryw

-- "everything is beautiful, but not everyone sees it" ~confucius-551-449 b.c.~

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