oak dining table spruced up

I was asked to freshen-up a 30 year old dining table and chairs. They were hand made from oak by a local cabinet maker and the finish was looking a bit tired. The first job was to sand and scrape off all the old lacquer. Here’s a bit of one of the chairs showing a bit still with lacquer, and a bit without.Once all the old finish had been removed I sanded everything down to a smooth finish before applying three fresh coats of oil. I chose Liberon finishing oil. It gives an excellent finish, is easy to apply and is durable. Here’s the finished table top. The oak now has a wonderfully natural patina and contrasts in the grain colours are enhanced beautifully. You can clearly see the fantastic medullary ray patterns in the grain. I think this project is a good example of the value of quality made furniture. After 30 years of use, a quick freshen-up gives a much loved piece a whole new lease of life.www.danieltomlinson.co.uk

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