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    1790's walnut table

    This table had been painted a number of times and had a decorative painting over it. I was asked to refinish it. Once I stripped it and re-glued it I now need to clean the wood with a solution of Turps and alcohol and BLO 1/3-1/3 1/3 then seal with shellac 3 coats 50/50 then 2 coats full straight and then apply Blo 50/50 3 coats then 3 coats full straight and buff out. Sanding between each coat. This will give me an old world finish. I'll post pic's as I go a long.
    This kind of table is my favorite or all furniture I only wish it were Cherry LOL
    I also need to turn the bottoms of the 4 legs feet.
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    Last edited by Dave Hawksford; 04-07-2010 at 04:38 PM.
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    Dave, Just wondering, is the Shellac and BLO a period traditional finish for a piece like that?

    I understand that the piece having been painted has probably lessened the value quite a bit over if it had been an original finish with the patina of age ans such.

    I know nothing about finishing, so just looking to learn about how things were done.

    Wondering if the new finish you put on it will help bring the value back up ?
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    It will bring the value back up but only to about half. Many of the finishes of that period were BLO or French polished for for high end pieces. Most of your pieces done in the US country style were BLO. While the high end furniture out of Boston, NY , Philly were French polished.

    I have been waiting for a small piece to do to show my steps.
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    Looks similar to several tables that I have. I'll get a pic or two. Much of my home is furnished with furniture from the 1700's. Collected over the years as well as inheriting quite a bit from my mother.
    What a shame that someone painted it.
    When you are done with it it will be beautiful !!
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    Looking forward to seeing the re-finished piece!

    I do hope you're all better and not in the shop against Dr. advice.

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    I'm doing what I can. Light duty work. I'm still fatiged by the time I get home.
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    cheers

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    why don't you sale this table to museum

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    LOL , if it were mine I would have been done a long time ago and in my home LOL There is not much value in small tables. There is not much value in antiques these days at all. I have some pieces that 4-5 years ago would have sold for 5-6K now selling for $4-800.00, mark is in the dumps.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Hawksford View Post
    There is not much value in small tables. There is not much value in antiques these days at all.

    So sad I didn't know that.

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