Restore an Antique Oak Table
Thoughtful finishing and
new leaves prepare this classic
for the next 100 years.
By Kevin Southwick
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|This old table looks like a prime candidate
for refinishing. Strip off the old
finish, sand out all the dings and
scratches, spray on a catalyzed
lacquer finish and it would
look brand new. But in
my opinion, doing this
would rob the table of
its history. Lovers of
antique furniture value
an original finish in part
because of the witness it bears. In
its present condition this table does that – it tells
a story 100 years old. But let’s face it. As it is, the
table is an eyesore.
That’s the conundrum of working with antique
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The top’s original shellac finish is so heavily
|This story originally appeared in American Woodworker January 2008, issue #133.
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