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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Midlands of South Carolina

    A refinish project - table top

    A friend of mine asked if I could refinish an old table top. This is not an heirloom piece, but I want to do a decent job with it. I have not done a project like this before. I have some idea of what to do, but I can always use good suggestions and guidance.

    I just picked up the top - no frame or anything.

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    The top is about 30x44x1.25 is size. It is pretty heavy, and I think it is heart pine.

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    The coloring on the back is about the same as the front. I don't know what kind of finish was applied. (Any ideas?) As you can see from the photos, it has been used. It has some scratches and gouges in it, but none appear to be more than 1/16" deep.

    The request was to remove the scratches and refinish. (I don't know yet if he wants gloss or satin)

    I can sand it down with the orbital sander, but maybe a hand plane would be an option? Don't have a drum sander to use.

    I kinda like the way it looks now, but I think he wants it to look like new. Once I get the top smooth, I need to apply some type of finish. Any special considerations for pine (if that is what it is)?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    May 2011
    So. Florida
    If you have to sand to 1/16", keeping it flat would be the trick. You might think about making some block sanders that you can use by hand. Yeah, I know, hand work is a PITA. But it can be a safe way to do it. These sanders are made with belts from handheld belt sanders. The substrate for the insert can be anything really, as long as it's flat. The insert should be tight.

    As for finishing, that would depend on your skills and equipment. Do you have the ability to spray?

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    somewhere east of Queen Creek, AZ - South East of Phoenix
    Last Pine table I restored I used a Jack plane to clean up the top, fast and easy to keep flat.
    "There’s a lot of work being done today that doesn’t have any soul in it. The technique may be the utmost perfection, yet it is lifeless. It doesn’t have a soul. I hope my furniture has a soul to it." - Sam Maloof
    The Pessimist complains about the wind; The Optimist expects it to change;The Realist adjusts the sails.~ William Arthur Ward

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Midlands of South Carolina
    Owner says I just need to get it smooth. He has not decided on finish yet.

    I will give my smoothing plane a try, and them use the sander if needed.

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