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Forum topic by gawthrrw posted 02-13-2013 01:46 AM 1521 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-13-2013 01:46 AM

So I found this locally on craigslist for $200 and have always wanted one for a coffee table. Usually they are anywhere from $500 to $1500 bucks around here. The only issue is that someone( long ago it seems) put a plywood top on it. It also has this ugly grey/blue after paint on it that I def dont like. I have a picture in my mind of an aged wood without the paint.

I was wondering if anyone else has done a project like this, and what do you guys think is the best way to get the paint off while still keeping the age of the wood. I didnt think I would want to sand it. Also does anyone have any ideas when it comes to the new top? I was thinking some vintage wood but whats a good way to make it look antique and used? Sorry for the length of this post. I just thought some outside ideas may help me get this right the first time. Thanks!

-- Rob, Dallas TX


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#1 posted 02-13-2013 02:12 AM

If you can find some old barn timber that might make a good top.
Most of the original old carts had 2×6 deck boards.

If you have to go with new wood try to find some oak that was cut with a big circular rip saw.
The circular saw marks look true to the original.
You might be able to add some age with a blow torch.
BLO finish, maybe followed with light paste wax.

On the frame you could apply chemical stripper to that old paint and scrape it off with a plastic scraper.
Might want to follow up with a wire brush. Rinse the chemical off and then dry well.

I wouldn’t use sand paper or a metal scraper on anything I want to keep the surface texture.

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#2 posted 02-13-2013 02:42 PM

Thats good advice, thank you. What chemical would yuou recommend for the paint? Just normal paint stripper?

-- Rob, Dallas TX

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#3 posted 09-30-2016 06:36 PM

I know this is an old post but wanted to put a pic of the finished product.

-- Rob, Dallas TX

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#4 posted 09-30-2016 06:41 PM

After removing the paint with paint stripper( never want to do that again) I found the original stamp for Glode Vise and Truck co, Grand Rapids MI. All the wood was cherry. I found some old rough boards that were mystery wood to me and stained them cherry and finished it with BLO and paste wax.

-- Rob, Dallas TX

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