Refinish Dining Room Table

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Project by DonB posted 07-12-2014 12:24 AM 1280 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Neighbor asked me to “make pretty” the dining room table that had been in storage and had received water damage. Used Fornby’s paint remover to remove what was left of the finish. Washed the remaining finish to get down to the initial stain and even it out without removing it all together. Re-stained using red mahogany and golden oak. Cut shellac for one coat, full strength second coat and three coats of spar varnish, 2 coats of wax. It is a large table – seats 12 without the inserts. Also completed the two 4-leg supports (one for each end leaf). Mostly manual labor, but considering the initial condition, they came out pretty well. Neighbor was happy.

-- DonB

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#1 posted 07-12-2014 12:55 AM

That looks great. Refinishing is rough. Good for you

-- The Wood Is Your Oyster

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#2 posted 07-12-2014 04:38 AM

Only fellow woodworkers can appreciate the time and effort that has gone into restoring this large table. I hope you find satisfaction in that and thanks for sharing some photos with us.

-- Brad, Texas,

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#3 posted 07-12-2014 05:01 AM

Fantastic work. I hope to have the abilities to do that in the near future. And I can appreciate the time it took you to do this. Very nice!

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#4 posted 07-12-2014 10:45 PM

Must have been a real bear to work on the ceiling, but I am impressed on the finale

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#5 posted 07-13-2014 12:30 PM

Grumpymike: Sure was. The heat is terrible up there.

-- DonB

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