Published at Friday, November 30th 2018. by Jeanine Anthony in Kitchen Table.
So several months ago I took this old drafting table from the thrift store, remove the top added some cool orange caster wheels and people said well Serena. What do you gonna do with it at the top? Well, we're gonna use it today we're actually going to build another table using the top and we're gonna strip it down seal the top and build a body for it about the same height as this table, and we are going to paint the body Beautiful blue paint from beyond paint it's gonna look amazing and we're going to strip this and seal this.
So the first thing was to remove all of the nasty felt from the drafting table. It was in really bad condition, but I think with a little bit of refinishing, I knew that this could be beautiful, so I removed the back would support pieces, and then I used my orbital sander to just refinish the back. Typically, you don't refinish the underside, but I really didn't want to leave all of this nasty old stain underneath the table at first.
I thought I'd use the orbital sander on the top but just decided that I was going to switch to a chemical stripper. You really can do it either way. It just depends on your preference. So now we sit and wait for about 10 minutes and then we come and scrape this stuff off and do a final sanding. You guys stripping furniture is a nasty job. So if you don't have to do it, don't you can use your orbital sander, but if you do use chemical stripper make sure that you use an after wash to clean up all of the residues.
Once you clean off all of the residues, you still have to go over it with your orbital sander. So just go very slowly, like you see me going here, and that will help to prevent the pigtails that'll be those little swirly marks that tend to happen. When you move too fast so slow down and do your final sanding with a piece of 150 grit sandpaper by hand now, I'm not sure why the drafting table had these little slots on the side. But I went ahead and filled that with wood filler and when it dried sanded it smooth, so that when I put the stain on top, it would be less noticeable, and I also use some other sanding tools to stand out.
Some of the other parts of the tabletop, here's where things got really interesting, and so on the back of the tabletop. I did a little test with some gel stain and I loved the way that it brought out this grain of the wood. Typically, you would use a re-conditioner so that you don't have these dark and light spots that it would be more of an even coat. But I liked it so much that I decided I'm not gonna use a re-conditioner, I'm just going to go for the whole thing with the mahogany gel stain and I love the look of the wood.
So while the tabletop was drying, I used my miter saw to cut some two by fours. This is what I was going to use to make the legs of the table and I probably should have doubled them up to make four by fours, as I thought that I was going to do, but it just didn't turn out that way, and I decided I Was just going to go with the two by fours, so I marked it where I wanted it to be.
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