Dinner Table refurbishment

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Project by Ratel posted 05-21-2019 04:15 PM 373 views 1 time favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A friend asked me if I could refurbish an old extendable dinner table that they received from their uncle, after having a look at same I decided that it shouldn’t pose to much of a problem.

The top was extensively warped and had some deep surface damage and had to be re-planed and the whole bottom assembly was falling apart, someone tried a make-shift reinforcement (with nails and soft pine) and the finish was fairly damaged.

I took the entire thing apart, removed all varnish, re-sanded it, removed the make-shift reinforcement and re-glued it, the old glue being dust by now. I also had to insert some shims in most of the mortise and tenon joints as they had been worn out (don’t ask me how)

The top was disassembled, the separate panes re-glued into a cohesive whole, and then planed by means of my router sled, which unfortunately flexed before being reinforced and necessitated that the whole process be re-done.

The top was previously mounted without accounting for wood expansion, which had to be fixed by having the screws holding the top to the bottom assembly situated in slots instead of the previous holes.

The material was then sanded to 240 grit before being re-assembled and varnished with Woodoc5, unfortunately I still have no idea what wood the table actually consists of.

Took longer than expected but turned out fantastic.

-- Ratel

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