I refinished a table 1

Every time there is a gap in my posting, I am going to start a new one with something like, “Ok it’s been about a million years since I’ve written!”

So there it is.

I’ve been busy (and a little bit negligent) – that’s why I haven’t been on here. Over the summer, Dad was at his accountants’ house picking up a load of really old wood they had in thier basement. Steve went with to help. When they got home Steve came running to get me, “Wend! Come see what I found for you!” Woohoo! I came runnin. “Look! It’s a table! Like you were looking for!” Mom was like, “Uh, yuck. What are going to do with that?” But it was perfect. It was a drop leaf table in many pieces and in very poor condition… to say the least. It was dirty and cracked and scratched, with rusted mismatched hardware, missing leaves and a pirate peg leg. Circa 1900. Probably Sears catalog. Probably worthless. I was in love. Well done, Steve. I have always wanted a drop leaf table, I can’t say why, I just have. And for some reason I got it in my head that I wanted an old one to repair and refinish. Having zero experience with wood working, furniture building, furniture repair, and a limited attention span, I had been on the hunt to a junky old table in need of some love that I couldn’t make any worse. And here it was.

Lucky for me, Dad has loads of experience with all things wood working. We made a plan.

Both drop leaves had huge cracks. We made little bow tie pieces to pull and hold the cracked sides together. Then I figured that I would be unlikely to be able to blend these pieces seamlessly, so why not make them stand out? So we made them into little fishes. Then we packed all the table parts and pieces into my motorhome and drove it home to Lake Bluff.

Sorry Mom!

We have been big time slacking here. But now that I am rid of all of my pesky house guests, I think I am back. For this moment anyway. And only really for a sec. I told Tanya I would walk dogs with her at 10 and it is 945 now. Dog is stinking.  And getting antsy. I don’t know why… He was running around at daycare for 4 hours yesterday morning and then I walked him and ran around with him at soccer practice for an hour last night. He should still be tired. I know I am.

I might have another go at those Tonka Trucks this afternoon. I took down the little shelf where I was keeping the paint I bought for them, so I think I should probably use it. Right now it is just on the mudroom floor… with many other now homeless items. The little shelf (x3) was getting in the way of the screw I needed to take out an in on the dryer lint trap thing and I finally got fed up with looking for a really short screwdriver and just took down the shelves. Problem solved.

I need to get a handle on the tool situation here. But that is a project for another day. Maybe today though…