My dad bought a dining room set at camelot village, where I work, and came to Bennington today to pick it up. Since he was renting a truck he loaded it up with a few new projects for me to work on. He brought me three pieces. There is an old stereo cabinet that needs a complete overhaul. It’s cool I will take pictures of it this week. I also have a china cabinet and a 1910 Crossley porcelain ice box. The ice box needs a little love, but I think it will be very interesting when it’s done. A few sessions with the sand blaster and some enamel paint and she will be chilling. I prefer to build my own pieces but I have learned a lot from taking apart furniture and (sometimes) putting it back together.
In November I refinished a quartersawn oak library table for a dealer at camelot. It was a nice table but the finish on top was chewed up and flaking badly. The dealer did not want to refinish the entire table, just the top. I stripped it, sanded it, matched the color to the base and applied a finish to it. Oak can be tricky to strip because it is so porous, old pigment sets into the vacuoles ,but if you are patient you can use that in your
favor and really accentuate the grain and figure of the wood. You do have to sand a little more, and it is very important to clean the piece with mineral spirits between sandings. This gets rid of a lot of sawdust and it shows you where you may need to spend more time getting rid of stain/paint, finish, or adhesive. Using a shop vac to remove sawdust is a good idea too. The top came out nicely and it sold a few months ago.