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This is a project that I abandoned almost 30 years ago. While preparing to sell my former home, I was faced with the overwhelming challenge of cleaning out my old Model T garage/shop. I found the top I built for the circa 1895 "New Home" wrought iron legs. In parts, it was in terrible condition. The animal residents of old shop literally did a job on the table top.

Bad as it was, I couldn't throw the project out. It had me. Maybe it was the grace of those antique legs, the beauty of the white oak, and the nostalgia of a project from that old shop in my ShopSmith era.

There's also been something haunting about this restoration project. I am nearly 70 and I was finishing the work of my then 40ish year old self. "The Kid" as I refer to him was pretty good considering the equipment he had. The bow front design and rounded corners compliments the legs. But, there were some frustrating exceptions that prompted a few "Why the hell did you do thats."

The top and undercarriage were sanded down through sandpaper grades to clean wood. The drawer front posed difficult clearance problems. The top of the drawer front was shaved down through the table saw. Using an old trick, playing card were used to center the drawer front and establish the clearance with the top.

Finish: Not apparent in the pictures, the legs were spray-painted dark brown. That softened the harsh black japaned wrought iron and compliments the top. Minwax red oak stain, 5 coats of Minwax satin poly finish on the white oak.

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That is a beautiful resurrection of something left over.
The shape is perfect for those legs.
 

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Awesome combination of wood and iron. I have similar stand at home from old sewing maschine. This is still waiting to be restored or repurposed.
 

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That looks nice. If it could talk, imagine what it might say…...probably something like "Whew! I arrived, and look at me". I think most of us have a project or two waiting in the wings. I would have to live to be 500 years old to accomplish all the projects in my head let alone out in the barn. Thanks for sharing, what's next?
 

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One of the nicest sewing machine tops I've ever seen..and I've seen a lot.
 

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Very nice! It has great character and I love the bow shaped front and curved corners. White oak was a good choice to match the wrought iron and the color is quite fitting too… nice job, good that it got resurrected.
 

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I really like the bow front, great reuse.
 

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On behalf of the young guy who built the "New Home" table, thank you for such kind words.

The history is fascinating. The New Home company, a runner up to Singer, produced 7 million sewing machines in its day. From a factory in Orange Mass, the company sent their blessings to small railroad stations to families on the American frontier. Sewing machines evolved from tiny hand cranked machines, to treadle, to motorized, to today's fantastic automated stitch control.

Some personal advice, "Abandon a project for your enjoyment in old age!"
 

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Re-purposing was started MANY years ago !
An example of NEVER say NEVER.
So it took a few years to finish ?
End result is gorgeous !
LOVE IT !
 

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Antiques… Life goes on… As early as 2000 will live!!!!
 
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