well where to begin ...... i have this old table from a friend of ours on this forum .....hi joan she has been patiently waiting for me to refurbish it . i have had it for a couple of years now gee time flies when your having fun i have reglued alot of it and repaired a few small parts, so now its time to get down to the real buissiness of actually refinishing it. i want to preserve the charachter of the table , it is well over 100 years old . unfortunately it sat in a basement or garage environment for 10 to 15 years and time has taken its toll. i know sanding will make alot of that time dissapear. i just dont want the detail going with it . so i have alot of questions........ the table appears to be made out of solid quartersawn white oak ( i am going by the medulary rays i see) joan wants the new finish to be no darker than the remnents of the present remaining finish. i dont know if the table top will get any lighter in color i have had two kinds of stripper on it already .... so i think thats it , but i may try it again just to be sure.
ok so the whole plan at the begining of this venture was to get her into woodworking ........mission accomplished she is hooked on turning BIG TIME
i told her at the begining i was nervous about doing this project and i still am a little . the extra 3 years experience in WW hasn't hurt any. i think with a little help from my friends ,(thats you guys and girls) i can do this . i dont have spray equipment so this job will be brush and sandpaper and steel wool or synthetic pads (you know the ones , look like scrubber pads for pots and pans)
all this rambling and i haven't asked the main question
how do i make a 100 yr old table look like new AND so people still know its 100 years old thanks for the help in advance pictures to follow along the way