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11-04-2012 05:44 PM

This is a table that my Great Great Grandfather built pre 1940’s. Around 1951 his house burnt and this was salvaged. My Grandmother painted it in the 60’s. I want to strip it to the bare wood that has his tool marks on it.

What do you all think?

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#1 posted 11-04-2012 05:45 PM

Sorry it’s upside down. I’m posting from my phone.

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#2 posted 11-04-2012 06:19 PM

Well, why are you hesitating?

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#3 posted 11-04-2012 06:32 PM

Not sure what you are asking help for… first I would get rid of the glue on its feet that makes it stick to the ceiling lol

Seriouly depending on what type of paint was used you could start with a heat gun scrape and sand…or paint stripper and scrape it off then a light sand and oil of some kind.

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#4 posted 11-04-2012 06:35 PM

If you want to preserve the original tool marks, avoid sanding. Use stripper and a good stiff brush. Brush parallel to the marks.

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#5 posted 11-05-2012 04:14 PM

Thanks for the encouragement. I guess that’s all I was really needing. I have never attempted to strip anything and was concerned about messing it up. I applied stripper to it last night and I have the top finished, with the stripping at least. Kind of interesting mix of wood so far: The top is a mystery wood to me, the edges around the top are Oak, and the legs appear to be Walnut but I’m not 100% sure yet. I will know more as i go forward.

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#6 posted 11-05-2012 05:40 PM

That’s a nice looking table.. interesting design. Pre-1940’s, I’m guessing he probably made it from whatever he could get his hands on and throw together. My grandfather built a house that way, and it stood until just a few years ago when the property was sold.

I’m glad you’re going with chemical stripper, rather than heat. To my experience, scorch marks are nearly impossible to avoid, but that might just be me and my lack of patience.

I’ll be really interested in seeing the stripped and refinished table. Looks like a fun project.

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#7 posted 11-06-2012 02:13 AM

Wonder what the original finish was. Pre 40’s is probably shellac. If you can find an area with the original finish on it you can apply a little denatured alcohol on it. If it removes the finish it’s shellac. I refinished an old night stand a while back that was mahogany and it had been painted as well. Man that was a lot of work but it turned out nice.
I would try to duplicate the original finish if it were mine. I too would leave the tool marks.

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