Help on refinishing old table - with photos

theedudenatorNovember 13, 2011

I got this table for free. It had a heavy coat of paint on it.

I stripped the paint tonight, still have some spots I missed.

The top has a burn mark.

The top has a small bubble of veneer

Any suggestions on how to fix this?

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RRM1

Try re posting your images

    Bookmark   November 13, 2011 at 11:24PM
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theedudenator
    Bookmark   November 14, 2011 at 7:21AM
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theedudenator

Not sure why the direct links from my ISP are not working.
They are being clipped off.

I am adding a link to photobucket

Here is a link that might be useful: Small Table

    Bookmark   November 14, 2011 at 7:36AM
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    Bookmark   November 14, 2011 at 7:38AM
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RRM1

This looks like an interesting project. The burn mark looks too deep to remove without replacing the veneer. The bubble is straightforward. With a razor, slice the veneer with the grain the full length of the bubble and with a syringe apply glue under the entire bubble.

But before doing these repairs the table should be fully stripped and the wood cleaned. What did you use to strip it? Sometimes this takes many applications. If the piece can be disassembled easily, it should be done. Check all glue joints to see if any are loose or can be loosened. If the glue joints are all tight, leave them, but stripper sometimes loosens them. Depending on where you are in the process and what chemicals you've already used, will determine what steps to do next.

You'll need to have a number of solvents on hand, but you should post the details of what you've already done before going on.

    Bookmark   November 14, 2011 at 9:25AM
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theedudenator

I did glued and fixed the bubble.
I did a light sanding and the burn mark will not come out.
I stripped with Zinsser Power Stripper.

Not sure what the green color is on top. It does seem to sand off.

The piece is solid and does not wobble. I am not going to take it apart. It appears to be glued together. I cannot see any screw or nail holes.

Not sure if it is actually old or not?

    Bookmark   November 16, 2011 at 11:16PM
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sombreuil_mongrel

IMO, only the center panel is mahog (veneer, at that), the rest all stained mixed hardwoods. It was never intended to be without its blood-red thick polish finish. I would think it was made well within the last century, 20's to 50's.
The black stain looks to be a chemical reaction, nothing that can be removed; it's like a permanent dye in the wood, goes all the way thru the veneer.
Casey

    Bookmark   November 17, 2011 at 8:52AM
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theedudenator

All done, doily will cover up the burn mark.

Looks good for free furniture!

    Bookmark   March 4, 2012 at 12:20PM
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lazy_gardens

That's PRETTY!

    Bookmark   March 5, 2012 at 8:56AM
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