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Re: Walnut drop leaf table

Posted By: James Schooley (0-1pool247-198.nas2.sioux-city1.ia.us.da.qwest.net)
Date: 12/29/3 20:08

In Response To: Walnut drop leaf table (Amber Toll)

Because the item is not of antique value, and since you have no evidence the piece is the work of a renouned furniture maker, I think the reasonable thing to do here is to strip and refinish the table. Start with a good liquid type stripper, dissamble the table as much as possible, inspect for any loose joints or veneer. Reglue as needed and start removing the finish at the bottom, as you go you will become more profecient and the top should be last not first as is often the case. Make sure the putty knife has no sharp corners or is a stripper safe plastic, also fine steel wool will help in the crevaces. Rinse as suggested on the instructions and dry off right away, stand all the completed parts away from sun and drafts and so that all surfaces can breath equally until dry. Light sand as needed with 150 grit sand paper, stain with a walnut danish oil, apply three coats of fresh shellac and light sand between coats with 320 grit open coat sand paper. Allow 36 hours to harden and top coat with an oil base varnish, two coats is best, thin the varnish a little and use only top quality hog bristle brushes. Make sure the temp does not fall below 65 degrees and no dust is present, wipe off any sanding powder between coats with a clean cloth that has been wetted barely with thinned varnish as a tack cloth. When the last coat has cured for 48 hours you can buff it with 0000 steel wool for a satin look and wax for extra protection, now you're a pro.

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