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Eric Wuennecke

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363 days ago

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I landed this antique drafting table from a guy that just wanted it out of his attic. The top was covered in a rather thick layer of paint that is being sanded off but it’s leaving a lot of little holes where drawings used to be pinned down. I figure I have two options: leave it and hate it or find a way to pull it out. Any suggestions?


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Bluepine38

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#1 posted 363 days ago

Unless you want to have a top that is 1/2” thick, you might have to settle for the primitive rustic look. You
could glue a good layer of 1/2” plywood to the bottom, sand it down and then glue some matching edging
on the sides and use matching breadboard ends, a lot of work, but could be fun.

-- As ever, Gus-the 75 yr young apprentice carpenter

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IrreverentJack

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#2 posted 363 days ago

I can see two options. 1) A pin sized drill bit and a lot of time. 2) Seal the top and wipe black or matching color paint into the holes, then sand it of the surface and finish. Good luck. -Jack

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distrbd

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#3 posted 363 days ago

Jack has a great idea,seal it and wipe it ,you want to preserve the flatness since it’s a drafting table .

-- Ken from Ontario

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Eric Wuennecke

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#4 posted 363 days ago

I was hoping to have the rustic look anyway, just without the paint. I think sealing and wiping might be the way to go. Any recommendations on a sealer? About all I have at the moment is some Thompsons.

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bondogaposis

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#5 posted 362 days ago

You could veneer the top.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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joeyinsouthaustin

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#6 posted 362 days ago

I would appreciate the holes. I like those recommendations. They are the clue to the age and purpose of the piece. It would be like taken the mole off Cindy Crawford??

-- Who is John Galt?

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IrreverentJack

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#7 posted 362 days ago

OOPS. -Jack

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IrreverentJack

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#8 posted 362 days ago

Id use a thin coat of shellac to seal the top. Make sure the top is mounted in a way that allows the wood to expand and contract. I learned that lesson on a drawing table similar to yours. I improved on original and it bit me on the butt. -Jack

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