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Forum topic by ToddJB posted 05-04-2015 05:19 PM 932 views 0 times favorited 23 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-04-2015 05:19 PM

All,

I’ve been tasked with making this table “look better”.

The top needs the attention, everything below could be saved. I’m not super eager to sand the whole thing down as there are a lot of curves, and from the looks of the construction disassembling would be a bad idea.

I did try to rub some Old English Dark Wood Polish just to see if I had gotten lucky, but alas, no dice.

So furniture refreshers, what say you?

-- I came - I sawed - I over-built


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#1 posted 05-04-2015 05:40 PM

I think id go with a card scraper on the top and the fold out leaves and use some steel wool with Murphys on the rest to clean it up. Stain it when complete. Stripping all those turned items would be a nightmare IMO.

Maybe a good cleaning with Naptha would help? I dunno, ive never used it, so that was more of a parrot that anything else.

-- rock, chalk, jayhawk

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#2 posted 05-04-2015 05:51 PM

Getting the top to match the base is highly unlikely, as the finish, whatever it is, is pretty opaque. So if I go with just doing the top I should probably do something contrasting, yes? Unless you guys have any ideas on how to mimic the OG finish.

What’s Naptha suppose to do, Polly?

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#3 posted 05-04-2015 06:05 PM

Pretty sure naptha is a cleaner. It should strip any waxy build up off the top.

As to the top you could go with a dye like a transfast. Youd be able to alter the color with more coats / letting it sit longer or sanding it back if it was too dark. It very well could be a shellac finish, in that case, id message bhog. Dudes got the lac on lock. I think youd be able to tell if its shellac by rubbing a little DNA on it and seein if it lifts or gets tacky.

Whats the actual table made out of, mahogany?

Edit – what happened when you applied the polish? Did it just run right off like it wouldn’t take?

-- rock, chalk, jayhawk

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#4 posted 05-04-2015 06:26 PM

Dunno what the wood is. Might have a better idea once I start yanking the old finish.

I’ll PM, hogger and see if he’d be willing to grace us with his presence.

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#5 posted 05-04-2015 06:53 PM

Holy crap, TransTint is pricey.

-- I came - I sawed - I over-built

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#6 posted 05-04-2015 06:58 PM

Yea man. Transfast is a little cheaper but at like $12 a vial no bargain. Ive used a couple of the colors and I like it quite a bit mixed with denatured alcohol. Captain no patience gets fidgety when I mix it with water.

-- rock, chalk, jayhawk

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#7 posted 05-04-2015 07:06 PM

It’s interesting to me that they don’t sell a “starter kit”. The whole point is to be able to mix your own colors, but they make you throw down quite a chunk to build out your options.

You ever heard of this stuff? Similar results?

http://www.highlandwoodworking.com/utc12-colorassortment.aspx

-- I came - I sawed - I over-built

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#8 posted 05-04-2015 08:30 PM

Todd id hit it wth a random orbital with 220 lightly at first n see how it reacts. If you can get a lot of the marks blended then you’re in luck. Hit it with a rag n ms a couple times, then lac and then top with what ever is your flavor of choice. I really dig general finishes hi perf. Don’t put polycrylic on it because it won’t get hard( me) it stays soft( you).

If you gotta strip it then 120-180-220 and an easy color adder that adds depth is good ole Danish oil in say medium walnut or dark then sealcoat n top coat. Hope it helps bud.

-- I don't drive a Prius.

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#9 posted 05-04-2015 10:27 PM

Thanks Brother, that helps a lot. I’ll keep you all in the loop once I get around to it.

-- I came - I sawed - I over-built

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#10 posted 05-25-2015 05:10 AM

Well, started in tonight. Looks like 220 over the top will do the trick.

Here’s that main portion wet with MS. Still needs a bit of evening out, but I think it’ll work while still leaving character.

but whatever was on there darkened the wood a good bit so I decided to lightly sand the legs too. Woof.

Hoggie, would you still recommend a coat of lac before a top coat?

If so, I’m a lac noob. Got a link to recommended product?

-- I came - I sawed - I over-built

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#11 posted 05-26-2015 02:49 PM

Oh, that cleaned up nicely Todd! Simply sanding with 220 then wiping with mineral spirits got that result? Awesome.

-- ~Tony

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#12 posted 05-26-2015 03:02 PM

Yeah. That’s it so far.

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#13 posted 05-26-2015 03:10 PM

Perfect amount of clean up without wiping out the character (as you said).

Thanks for tutelage guys. Love to see how you do on the legs too.

-- ~Tony

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#14 posted 05-29-2015 11:34 PM

Yeah I’d definitely seal it before you proceed. Hit lowes or hd for some zinsser seal coat.

Grab a good brush and practice on something because too much will ruin your day. Foam ones work good too.

-- I don't drive a Prius.

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#15 posted 06-19-2015 04:44 AM

Done.

-- I came - I sawed - I over-built

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