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This was a different kind of project. It was a rescue/rebuild. This little table was all that was left when my Mom's home was destroyed by a flood when she was a kid in 1936. The table itself was pretty much destroyed as well and the pieces were tied up in a bundle. She had it when she married Dad and my Dad hung onto it forever, planning to one day restore it. Well one thing led to another, life happened and he never got to it. 74 years after the flood my Dad gave it to me and said, "See what you can do before Mom passes". This little table was in 14 pieces and was pitch black, and I mean black, and still tied up in a bundle. Couldn't even tell what kind of wood it was. Long long story short, after cleaning it up it turned out to be Maple. And the top was stunning. Picture #1 shows it finished, picture #2 shows it put back together before finishing. Gave it back to Mom and she was speechless, she didn't remember that they still had it and Dad didn't tell her he had given it to me to try and fix. She passed away less than a year later. Nice little table, with a nice little legacy.

.......rookieII

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good work on the cute little table.
 

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What a beautiful transformation! Thanks for sharing your very special story.

L/W
 

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Looks great. And you have to wonder who would paint something like that black ? Obviously not a wood lover.
 

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Rook, a very touching story and a great rebuild. The top of that table is gorgeous. Hopefully some day you will be able to pass thatone on as well.
 

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Wow.. very touching story and a very handsome table
 
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