Jamie found this coffee table at a yard sale. To read her story, click over to Owl Really. The price tag? FREE! The top of the table had suffered some water damage and it was swollen.
You can see the damage here. You can also see that it has an angle on the cut.
I decided to experiment to see which saw would do the best job. I actually practiced on my work surface board–my sheet of plywood that I use all the time. For some reason I didn’t take any pictures of the practice cuts on that plywood. I first used the jig saw. That didn’t work so well.
So, I went with this little baby! This saw was compliments of a good blog friend Missy. Her dad gave it to me when I built the twin window cabinets.
I laid the old top onto a piece of nice plywood and drew the pattern. Instead of centering it side to side, I started all the way to one side, so that if I messed up, I would still have enough room to start over.
Not so good! It’s a little wavy.
See how wavy it is? I scooted the top over and drew the pattern again.
This was supposed to be a Christmas gift for Jamie. The weather turned cold and I decided that I didn’t need it to be totally finished by Christmas. Jamie would be visiting, but wouldn’t have room in her car to transport it, so I thought I would stain and poly it after she came home for Christmas and we decided on a color. When Jamie visited for Thanksgiving, I figured out she was pretty anxious to have it, so I got busy trying to work on it.
We had a semi-warm day. I placed the stain on the driveway in the sun to try to warm it up.
huh? Where did this scratch come from? It didn’t show up until I stained it! I sanded it back to try to even out that scratch.
Fast forward to the week before Christmas! The table is still not done, but I don’t think it’s that big of a deal since Jamie can’t take it back with her. WRONG! Andy will also be visiting us—he has an SUV! Time to get to work on finishing this Christmas present! I bring the coffee table and the stain indoors to warm up. I’m trying to match the existing base (color). The dark walnut was not working.
I ended up using some dark walnut with some Sedona Red mixed in.
voila! What cha think? It matches the base pretty well, don’t ya think?
Working in the living room. You can see another present for Jamie here (bottom right).
I applied a water based polycrylic with a great Purdy brush.
I gave the table to Jamie Christmas Eve, she loved it! The table is now back in Nashville with Jamie and she sent me a message on Facebook saying how much she loves her new (old) table!
do you like vintage-mid century modern as much as Jamie does?
Updating to add a picture of the table at Jamie’s House: