Table reno!

My son and his wife are here in Poland with us for a few months now. I've mentioned Tim and Claire before - 

Tim also likes to do things with his hands - and when he came he saw that my table could use some TLC.  My husband made the table in 1996 as temporary table until we could afford to buy a different one.

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If you've been reading my blog, you've seen it dozens of time - but each time UNDER a quilt. 


For years I longed for a beautiful oak dining room table to seat my kids and guests at while we ate.

But they were expensive, and while we aren't poor, we never seemed to have that extra $1000+ for the table and chairs that would have been necessary.

But I wanted a really pretty table! I did. My 8' picnic table worked for all 7 of us plus some guests, so I had to learn to be content with what I had.

Then I started quilting in the 2000's.  By 2008 when we had a visiting couple come, I told my husband that I was okay not having a nice dining room table, but I would like my picnic style table finished as crumbs kept getting down in between the boards and it didn't look very appetizing as I couldn't really get them out.  So my husband and the husband who was visiting sanded and varnished my picnic table. I had already been using the table for sandwiching quilts - but I wasn't doing THAT much quilting yet.


Fast forward....the varnish was wearing thin in a few places and I still had some crumbs get between some boards.

 Here in the front you can see the deep grooves between the boards.  They had a tendency to catch crumbs and I had a hard time getting them out. 

Here in the front you can see the deep grooves between the boards.  They had a tendency to catch crumbs and I had a hard time getting them out. 

Tim saw this and said to me, "I can redo this table and varnish it with a really thick epoxy and make it nice for you!"

Yes!

So, Tim started working on my table shortly after he got here in March.  My husband and Tim took the table in pieces downstairs, sanded and sanded, filled in nail --oops - screw ---holes and finally varnished it.

Alas, at the end of this run, Tim was not happy with it as the varnish was neither as hard as he had wanted, it hadn't filled in the holes like he wanted AND it was a bit more milky white instead of clear.  Unfortunately, I don't have a great picture of the table at this point. I was going to live with. Here it is under a quilt. 

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 You can see here that the cracks between the boards aren't filled in quite as much as I had thought they would be.  Plus, the whole thing had a bit of a white overtone to it. But it was beautiful. He had plugged the screw holes nicely and sanded them down.

You can see here that the cracks between the boards aren't filled in quite as much as I had thought they would be.  Plus, the whole thing had a bit of a white overtone to it. But it was beautiful. He had plugged the screw holes nicely and sanded them down.

 The hardest thing about it, that we hadn't expected, was that if you put a wet cup down on the table it immediately left a ring on the varnish.

The hardest thing about it, that we hadn't expected, was that if you put a wet cup down on the table it immediately left a ring on the varnish.

Tim came in one day not long after I got my table back in completed form and said, "I'm not happy with it- I'm starting over!"

And so he did. He re-planed those boards and sanded them again. He ordered more epoxy and this time he varnished as best as he could, this time using a different type of varnish.

 

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And this is the result! 

 

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My husband told me I couldn't use it for sandwiching anymore because of all that work, but Tim assured me it was fine - it's not "that perfect" - it's still not "fine furniture" in other words. I was relieved as it is a fantastic sandwiching surface! I'll figure something out to keep the overspray off the benches.

Tim asked me to not use it for 5 days after they he varnished it with the shiny epoxy - by that he meant that I shouldn't use it as a cutting surface (with a mat under the knife of course) to let it harden completely. It's been a week now, so I guess I can use it!

And now you know! While not really a "game-changer" so to speak, it is a real "spirit-lifter-upper" and I do appreciate all the hard work Tim and my husband put into our "new table"!


I trust you have a fantastic day, wherever you are reading this!

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