I'm working on refinishing a kid's table and chairs for my wife's grandmother. It had been botched up really bad by someone she paid to do it a few years ago, so she asked me to try and make it nice again. I'm not a big fan of refinishing old stuff, but it's been in the family for around 70-80 yrs, so I thought it was a good project.
Here's a pic of table, I had no trouble with it. Lot of sanding to get the scratches out, and all but a couple small indentions.
The chairs are another issue. I haven't started on this one, but the finish is all botched up in places. I'm not sure what the guy before me did, but it's really bad. Lot of gunk up around all the joints:
All the joints are loose also. My question is how is the best way to clean all this junk off at the exposed portion of the tenon without messing up the fit of the tenons?
I was thinking a wedge tenon on the chair legs, but the spindels are about 1/4" tenons. I wasn't sure which way to go: re-glue with wood glue, sand it and re-glue, change to epoxy to fill the gap? To give you some perspective of the size: