Time to put these tools to work!!!
|Bonus points to anyone who can identify the photo shown in the top right of this picture!|
It is really too cold to be trying to strip any furniture in the shop, but I was curious as to what I had. This little table is kind of unique in that it doesn't have a bottom shelf. You don't usually see that with these types of tables, so if I can make this thing turn out, it just might make a neat little piece. I decided to just try and take the layers off of the top section to get a better look.
This is what I found. As you can see, someone has tried to do some work on this table before. Those white dots that you see in the middle of the surface are holes filled with wood filler. They also filled in the space between the two sections of wood with wood filler. I don't understand why they would do that. It looks just fine with a small gap between the sections. It gives it character. The wood is very old and is pitted in certain sections. There is paint deep in the grooves of the wood that will be difficult to get out. It is going to take a lot of work on this section alone.
Here is what the top looks like after I did a little sanding and cleaned it with mineral spirits. It all depends on how much more I can do with this top, but this table may be one that receives a heavy coat of a dark stain.
The good news is that the legs of the table look great and have very little design. They will clean up quickly.
Stay tuned to see how this project turns out!