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green man

Tart up a table without coasters

I hate coasters so when ever there is a wooden surface in my house I give it the treatment so that hot drinks can be put on it without fear of a mark,

My latest project a lovely refectory table solid oak badly marked and unloved by the chap that commissioned it- as the carpenter had finished it with red stained shellac the owner stripped the top and bleached it and waxed it and hated it for 38years cause he didn't take care of it, I paid too much for it but I needed a table this size and a project.

Here is the table the top is pretty tatty and marked.

See how red the shellac has made the oak look.

After some serious sanding with a belt sander

The legs are more complicated and red, a palm sander is used here plus plain sheets for hand detail.

bleaching was necessary to remove some of the red.

a test with white spirit to see the colour of the finished wood,

Too red for my taste so I employ white spirit and graphite powder,

The graphite powder is worked in with the spirit till the colour of the oak just takes on a greeny tinge.

Keep washing in till the streaks of graphite dont show

Then leave the white spirit to dry completely.

Give a good coat of heat resistant varnish don't work this first coat too much else you will disturbe your graphite.

Over the course of a week the table had 5 coats of varnish High gloss heat resistant, with a light rub with cabinet makers finishing paper in between coats

The final coat is made up with 50% satin finish heat resistant varnish, and 50% matt finish heat resistant varnish, mixed together this will dry out to a lovely waxed look that you can put hot cups of coffee on no worries, I tickle the finished coats up with cabinet makers finishing paper then I give it a quick spray polish.

Oh, that is lovely!

That's a really good result GM
It looks as though you have spent a fair few hours on it :xbigsmile:

That looks really good!!!! A lot of work for you but with a fantastic result!!!!!
green man

If you count the hours involved it is less than eight but spread over a week, and it should be good for 50 years.
welsh lamb

Looks the biz

cracking good job there  GM....well done      



i am ashamed to say......

when my OH grandmother died we had several of her bits of furniture....oak dresser, mahogany book case, and an oak table very similar to yours, but in a bad, bad way....splits across it etc.......
so it is now in the barn with salted goat skins on top of it......i really wish i had had the patience and know how to do something with it at the time, but i think it will be way past it now.... :xcry:
green man

I hope I have inspired you to have a go mogs . :reindeer:

Shakes (splits) are common in oak, I just fill them after I have done all the sanding and preparation and at least one coat of the varnish then when the filler has been sanded I take my water colours and match the wood as close as I can just before I lay on the other coats of varnish.

Get OH to take the top from the dresser and the doors off and remove the handles then go at it a bit at a time. Better still get OH to do it. :reindeer:

      i did that with watr colours on the was really palin and dull so i bought some fancy grooved wooden strips from B&Q and painted them in a constrasting wood colour...hey presto..........

as for getting the OH to do it........hhhmmmm......cant knock a nail in without hitting his finger or thumb...........let him loose with my power tools.........OMG, noooo way......( his nick name is dangerous al, after brian conolly's dangerous brian.... )

i will try to get a picci of it, and see if you think it is past it......just have to move the skins first......

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