Restored Tilt Top Table

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Project by gdoherty posted 01-17-2017 04:53 AM 1234 views 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

Restored tilt top table for a friend. All three legs had to reattached, which led to some creative clamping (second picture). There were also many bits that had simply broken off over time. Each of the three tripod legs had snapped off at some point in the life of this table, and blocks had to be added back on to them (pictures 3 and 4). The legs had been reattached by someone else with nails and lots of poorly-patched holes. I set the nails below the surface and patched over them properly. In the case of one nail that had a lot of wood dug out around it (by my own mistaken attempt to remove it the first time around), I gave my first attempt at learning how to patch a large hole with a matching piece of wood. This patching wood actually came off one of the feet I had to cut to re-level the table; nothing better than working with the source material. Lots of experience gained getting this piece back to a usable condition.

The top was stripped and refinished with four coats of satin polyurethane. The bottom was sanded where appropriate, restained, shellac’d and buffed with 0000 steel wool and Howard’s Feed N’ Wax.

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#1 posted 01-17-2017 05:01 AM

Beautiful work, this came out great. Restoration work is an art into itself, offers many challenges that provide a great deal of satisfaction when complete.

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