|Forum topic by NakedMango||posted 10-14-2013 10:56 AM||699 views||0 times favorited||4 replies|
10-14-2013 10:56 AM
Hello all. Thanks for reading. I am a fairly novice hobbyist faced with a finishing job. To sum up, I have removed the finish from our dining room table after one of the wife’s cats did some extensive customization with his hind claws. In retrospect, it may have been more prudent to try and repair the scratches before scrapping the whole finish, but at least now everything is smooth and clean.
The table was purchased at a local furniture store. I was told the wood is mango, though I’m not sure how to positively ID it. This is what the finish looked like before:
And here it is after sanding off the finish:
Some of the planks show figured grain like this:
Others show less pronounced figuring:
I would be happy returning it to a state similar to when purchased, but I would also be happy with doing something different that looks nearly as good or hopefully even better.
One major issue however is that I don’t have any scrap for experimentation other than some pine and red oak. I don’t think either of those is a very good match for the project wood.
Anyone have advice on how to come up with a finish reasonably similar to the original? I am willing to purchase stains, dyes, varnishes, etc as needed. If it doesn’t work out, well I don’t mind sanding it back down again;)
Thanks in advance to anyone who can offer any pointers!