I got this table about a year ago. It needed a lot of work. After sitting in my garage for a year, it needed even MORE work.
You can’t really see the table, but it’s front and center, wearing a sheet for protection (hahah) and holding the chair and random spray paint.
Look at those poor little legs/feet.
Fast forward to a couple of weeks ago. I removed the side that was in desperate need of repair.
I then separated the table into two halves.
I got to work on repairing the legs. I pried them off.
I cleaned up some of the old glue and then used more wood glue to secure the huge dowels.
Then I rigged up this fancy clamp system, using bungees and clamps.
I used the bungees to keep the clamps from slipping.
Meanwhile, I sanded the finish off of the table top and leaf. This is the top side. The one on the left already has a coat of dark walnut on it.
This is the underneath side.
I used wood putty to fill in the cracks where the glue had dried. Because some of the wood was chipped off, there were gaps after I glued the pieces together.
I used some primer and some cheapo white spray paint.
I then glazed it with dark walnut stain. I have tons of stain that was given to me by my sister. I do not have any real glaze. Maybe someday I’ll get some of that Ralph Lauren smokey stuff everyone else is using. Till then, it’s stain. (it is leaning up against Mammaw’s dresser)
After many days of staining and many coats of poly, it’s time to reassemble the table.
After figuring out the funny hinge lock thingies (that hold the leaf up), I started working on a cleat.
I used two pieces of scrap lumber left over from my fireplace makeover.
I glued and clamped the cleat. I then screwed the smaller piece to the table.
You can’t see the cleat, but it is up against the house.
I wish the leaf didn’t “hang” down so low. I wish I could cut it off some, but I do not have the expertise to do that. I would have to make that cute little routed edge, and then chisel out for the 3 hinges. Not worth it!
So, this is a half table that attaches to the wall. It could be used in a hallway or in a dining room. I still have the other half. I am going to do the same thing, but go a totally different direction in the paint treatment. At least that is the plan. I never really know what I’m going to do with something till it “speaks” to me.
If you don’t have an old dining table to upcycle, build your own console table