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Forum topic by LumberNick posted 12-21-2017 12:53 PM 752 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-21-2017 12:53 PM

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I was given a dining room table made by Gerald McCabe made from Shedua wood. I’m planning on refinishing it due to all of the scratches and markings from pens on the table. I’m looking for any suggestions on what to use to for the finish on the table? And with anybody have an idea what this table might be worth? It measures 72 by 45 and has two Leafs for both ends that are 18 inches each.

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#1 posted 12-21-2017 11:06 PM

First off, from the picture the wood does not look like typical Zebra wood. If you google Zebra wood you will see most Zebra wood has much more pronounced dark stripes .

Because I did not know who McCabe was I searched his name out. He actually died in Eugene OR, not far from where I live. I looked at pictures of a lot of his work and didn’t find any made of Zebra wood. There were tables of designs similar to yours made of oak. None that I found had the Y shaped supports like yours so you may have a unique one.

I don’t know if refinishing the table would affect the value but I would scrape it clean (with a cabinet scraper) and sand the surface. Then proceed with the finish you want. It could just be an oil and wax finish or you could go to a hard finish like varathane or lacquer for more durability. I would also consider applying an oil finish first, like Watco, to bring out the wood grain and color, let it dry thoroughly, and then put on a hard finish. Because it is not what would be called fine furniture a hand rubbed finish is not appropriate (ie: French polish).

-- Les B, Oregon

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#2 posted 12-21-2017 11:18 PM

Looks like McCabe liked Ovangkol. Maybe
that’s what it is.

Thorough and careful sanding through grits
followed by an ambering finish like danish oil
would pop the grain.

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#3 posted 12-22-2017 09:03 PM

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#4 posted 12-26-2017 09:01 AM

Les B. You were correct, after some research I have discovered this table is made from Shedua (Ovangkol) wood, not Zebra like I thought . I will be doing an oil and wax as suggested. Thank you Loren for pointing me in the right direction and OSU55 for your input as well.

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