Repairing the Foot of a Walnut Table

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.

20180121_113259.jpg

In order to fix the feet, I grabbed some scrap walnut and glued pieces to them to re-sculpt the feet.

20180121_133246.jpg

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.

IMG_20180127_142412_194.jpgIMG_20180127_142412_192-1.jpg20180127_122245.jpg

Next, I stuck the leg on the lathe and turned the pad of the foot.

IMG_20180127_142412_201.jpg

I then brought the foot over to my workbench and carved the rest of the foot by hand using chisels and rasps.

IMG_20180127_142412_203.jpg

After shaping the foot was complete, I started to sand the leg with 80 grit sand paper working down to 220 grit.

IMG_20180127_142412_206-1.jpg

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.

IMG_20180127_142412_208-2.jpg

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.

20180128_111309.jpg

A few minutes of sanding, the table was really starting to shine again.

20180128_121515.jpg

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.

IMG_20180130_172822_954.jpg

Advertisements

2 thoughts on “Repairing the Foot of a Walnut Table

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s