Monthly Archives: November 2012

Table Restore 2: Sanding the legs

I thought I would start with the legs using a foam sanding block and course grain sandpaper to get an idea of how long it would take.  The video below shows how I got on..

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Sanding the legs


It’s worked quite well and only took about 45 mins. That said I think it will be hard work to do large flat areas so will be doing some research into sanders I think.

Sanded Table Legs

The sanded legs

 Next to do is to sand the rest of the table …


Table Restore 1: The project

So my first project ….. 12 people coming for Christmas lunch and our kitchen table is not big enough so I bought a used and slightly knackered oak extendable kitchen table from eBay for £51 and I plan to refinish/restore it.

Table as I bought it for £51 from eBay

I don’t want the finish to be too shiny or glossy but as it will be the family table and we have two children under 3 it needs to be a pretty robust finish.

The process as far as I can work out will be as follows:

  • Sanding to remove the old varnish, marks & dents
  • Staining (I though I need to figure out if this is really needed)
  • Treat with penetrating resin (not quite as hard wearing as varnish but easier and more natural looking)

Here is a video of the table as it currently stands in my garage:

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I’ll start the sanding soon …….

What is this all about?

I’m not really sure how to start this, but I really fancy building or making or fixing something. It’s a feeling which has been brewing for a while. I have a short list including hovercraft for my son, radio controlled lawn mower, wooden go kart, squirrel scaring robot and a load of other bits and bobs.

I thought I would document my progress so that if successful then others can learn from my numerous mistakes.

Lets see how it goes.