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    Old table

    I have been asked by the owner of the hotel that I have been doing touch ups to redo a table for hi and his wife. It is a brownish wood and looks kinda like mohogany, but it does not seem to be it. If it helps, the table is from India. Age, well it has flat head screws that have threads that are cut.Here are a few pics to help. The elephants are made of ivory and the tree and other items are different woods inlaid. I think this is a wonderfull peice of furniture.
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    That's some amazing inlay. How are you going to approach the touch-up?
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    Al,

    That is a beautiful table. At first glance, it looks like Cocobolo or perhaps Rosewood. Is the table heavy?

    Look forward to the end result of your touch-up.
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    i was going to say cocobolo, but rosewood is the better guess since both are in the same family.
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    Wow. Just, Wow.

    I think it would be incredibly satisfying to be the one to bring that table top back to life.
    The real trick, I guess, will be to try and determine what kind of finish is on the piece.
    There's usually more than one way to do it...
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    I think if you run it a couple of times through the planner you can get rid of those white marks on the top.



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    cool piece!
    follow the advice of museum curators and "do no harm"
    start by determining the finish.......schellac? if so then lightly scrape or sand off the loose finish, soften the remaining with alcohol and apply a couple new coats.........if it`s lacquer then i`d skip the softening phase and just resquirt after a light scraping/sanding.
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    With just the first picture, I was going to say "belt sander".
    But this piece needs finesse and tons of patience.
    Let us know how you approach and give updates.

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    There was a product "Homer Formby's" that is a blend of solvents that will soften and remove loose finish while not changing the patina (actually patina is qreen from copper Oxidation but we like to use it on wood coloring)

    I think I would, like Tod suggested, Find the correct solvent and gentlely rub it off with White Scotchbrites.

    I would just clean the finish and not touch the dents and nicks.

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    It has a shellac finish, I plan on going crazy doing this one. The elphants are made from elphant tusk from a elephat her family owned many years ago, or the storyu goes. The fumn is going to be filling the cracks on the ivory.

    The wood is close to the color of walnut(meduim brown). So either rosewood or cocobolo. I managed to scrape of a small spot to determine finish type.

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