Dining Room Set Refurbish #5: Started on the table.... strip, sand, strip, sand....

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Blog entry by mtkate posted 01-31-2011 12:15 AM 4807 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Nothing to see here yet, just marking my progress…. more for myself.

Today I did some finishing touch-ups on the first chair, going around and being sure all the glue squeeze-out I missed was removed. Hide glue peels off easily off the finished pieces. Painted on some of the oil based gel in spots where I managed to nick the finishing (tsk tsk) in my glue-up. Waxed it up again. Gotta find an upholsterer retailer around here for the leather…..

I took apart the 7 foot long table with help (it is really about 5 feet with 2 dropleaf extensions), stripped and sanded to 80 the tabletop. Ready for refinement and finishing….

I am half done stripping a second chair, but I let it go today being too excited to get a big piece of work started (the table top).

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#1 posted 02-11-2011 08:31 PM

Hi Kate. At last I have those photos of my 90 year old MIL’s dining furniture I promised you so long ago and never delivered. I finally remembered to bring my camera today when we visited her and here are the photos you have breathlessly awaited for such a long time,lol.

My MIL got this furniture new when she got married in 1940. It was made by local furniture makers. I haven’t been able to track down any name for the style, but I think it was generic world wide. Norway was a poor country in those days and perhaps 10-20 years behind the styles elsewhere in the world. At least it looks somewhat 1920’s or 30’s to me. I used to be in the family’s furniture business, so I have a feeling for this.

This furniture was very well made in oak with hand carved details. Even with much use no repairs have ever been done to any of the pieces pictured except for reupholstering the chair seats, which was done around 1982. The original seats were in leather.









I thought you might like to see the accompanying sideboard and a matching silverware and china cupboard, and the coffee table which isn’t exactly matching, but is in the same style.

The splat back chairs aren’t as attractive as yours, but they have held up well. I hope you find these pics interesting and I’m looking forward to seeing your finished restoration project.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 05-22-2011 08:34 PM

Thanks Stephang! I can see a few similarities in the back splat… looks like they are different and related “species” of furniture.

I will eventually get back to the restore. Unfortunate medical problems…. in fact I got severe back spasms from refinishing the table top (argh) which launched a whole series of other problems…. when I get to the shellac coat (next) I will take it easier and learn to stand and relax every few minutes.

The enthusiasm to work and finish these pieces got the better of me!

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