Walnut table restoration with new leaves

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Project by SeaFarin posted 03-02-2016 04:58 PM 919 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was asked by a coworker to take a look at her antique walnut table.
All glued joints were original and hanging on by a thread. The original leaves were missing and the previous owner created new leaves from plywood and did not align the guide pins.
So I carefully separated all glue joints, cleaned up and re-glued and clamped.
Replaced the very bad hand made slides with new and also created two new leaves black walnut from Iowa.
I was difficult to cleanup and realign the guide pins for all leaves to be interchangeable. I really enjoyed all the woodworker steps, but found it very challenging to match the finish on the new leaves!
Learned a lot from this project doing research about the amount restoration that should be done on antiques! There are a lot of opinions on how much you should “restore” and piece! I found encouragement to do as much as possible and I was also yelled at for even breaking any of the original glue joints! Of course I completely underestimated the amount and time required to complete this my liking. Way fun! Loved doing it! Not sure I will do it again.

-- I'm Chuck and I wood not chuck wood cause I keep finding uses for it!

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#1 posted 03-02-2016 05:11 PM

Yelled at for breaking (sucky) glue joints? Good grief…

It looks to me like you did an absolutely stunning job on this piece. I can’t tell the leaves are not original to the table, and you’ve told us they are! I mean, really nice.

Sure can believe you spent way too much time on the refurb. It always takes time to do things right when it comes to old-meets-new.


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#2 posted 03-02-2016 10:38 PM

Very nice. I say do as much restoring as necessary to make a nice piece. Looks like you did just that. The leaves are amazing – can’t tell that they aren’t original.

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#3 posted 03-09-2016 11:26 AM

Super nice job. Looks fantastic!

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