I do not declare myself an expert in reconditioning, but as a first step I consider that an itinerary with existing problems should be established.

Short story about reconditioning a table

 

 

When I first saw it, it lay in a corner of the room and was used as storage space. His legs seemed to come off the fair and gave the impression that at any moment he would break. Although he seemed a candidate for spring cleaning, drawing the fibers on the countertop were the ones that aroused interest in reconditioning the table.

I do not declare myself an expert in reconditioning, but as a first step I consider that an itinerary with existing problems should be established.

In the case of the table in question, after an inspection, I determined the following steps I had to go through to bring it back to life:

 

Removing the legs from the table fair

They came off easily, because the glue used was bone glue. With the help of a hot air blower and little physical force, the legs were detached.

The type of joint used was made with dowels. I removed the old dowels, rebuilt the holes to make sure the joint would be at the proper angle.

Cleaning the wood to the fiber

This operation can be done by sanding or pickling. Having no sculpted elements in the structure and at the same time access was not a problem, I opted for sanding. I used the same operations for the drawer.

Glue the component parts with D3 adhesive and use clamps and presses to secure the joints at the proper angle.3

The applied veneer was in a rather precarious condition which, in the first phase, I thought needed to be replaced. However, I said I would try to fix it by color grout (a combination of dark / light walnut), and in some places I used resin where the trenches were too deep for the putty to be effective.

After the kit dried, the level grinding part followed.

Finishing

Normally, for such applications, shellac is used as an option for finishing, but I used dark pigment restoration oil. It was an inspired choice, the oil highlighted the beautiful fiber of the walnut.

Cleaning and installation of hardware
For the protection and gloss, the last operation was waxing.

This was my first contact with reconditioning a piece of furniture. For a first try I was quite happy with the result. I think I was lucky with the veneer, which didn’t need to be replaced.

 

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