This restoration project is for a maple dining table which opens up to accept one leaf. It has Queen Anne style legs with padded feet and is in great structural condition.
The table is just part of a matching dining set made of solid maple. The set also consists of six chairs and a hutch. Although the set is not considered antique, the owner did have a sentimental attachment, and wanted the table refinished.
It was decided to refinish the table because the existing finish was badly worn and unsightly. It had deep scratches, a few stains, and the finish was worn through in some areas.
Touch up and polishing just wasn’t going to cut it on this job. The economical treatment was to refinish the top and leaf.
The color and finish on the apron and legs was in much better condition. They would just be cleaned and polished to revive their existing finish.
Restoration began by removing the old wood finish from the table top. It was then sanded by hand with 120 grit to remove some of the residual stains. A final sanding was completed with 220 grit. The 1st photo above shows these steps completed.
A wood stain was then applied to match the top to the apron and legs. This top is made of several individual boards glued together. As is usually the case, they didn’t want to all take the stain the same. Some were lighter and some had dark blotches. It took some adjusting and blending, but I finally got them to match nicely.
After the stain was thoroughly dried, the top was sealed with three coats of lacquer. This lacquer finish was rubbed in-between each coat and again after the final coat. Then waxed with 0000 steel wool. All to create a traditional hand rubbed wood finish.
Delivered and assembled just in time for Thanksgiving, this refinished dining table was surrounded with admiring guests and a proud owner.