A few weeks ago, my wife and I, were visiting thrift shops in Cincinnati when we ran across a round walnut table for $20.00 at Goodwill. There was nothing special about it. It had a dull flat finish and was missing the extension wings that go in the middle. It even had two feet that were broken. Anita asked me if I could remake them and I told her I could, so we took it home.
In order to fix the feet, I grabbed some scrap walnut and glued pieces to them to re-sculpt the feet.
Once the glue dried, I cut the arch of the foot with my band saw, then I sawed off the sides with a hand saw.
Next, I stuck the leg on the lathe and turned the pad of the foot.
I then brought the foot over to my workbench and carved the rest of the foot by hand using chisels and rasps.
After shaping the foot was complete, I started to sand the leg with 80 grit sand paper working down to 220 grit.
With the foot finished, I was happy with the way it turned out as it matched the other two. I then repeated the same steps for the other broken foot.
Noticing the top was solid walnut, I decided to sand off the dull stained finish. You can see how bland the table was when we bought it.
A few minutes of sanding, the table was really starting to shine again.
After applying three coats of hemp oil, you can see how the table has been brought back to life having much more character between the sap and heart wood of the walnut. Looks much nicer than the boring spray toner stain that was on it before. This piece will be a nice addition in my wife’s booth as a display table.