Antique gate leg mahogany able ready for the next 50 years!

Antique gate leg mahogany able ready for the next 50 years!

Well I finally made it, or should I say this table finally made it home. Cold weather is usually not the greatest for working on big pieces so over the last month or so, I have been able to slowly begin the transformation process for this table. So step into the laboratory and check the work that was completed. If you saw this table going through these treatments, you would be wondering what has this guy been smoking? Well actually nothing.  But the photos below show you how you have to tackle a very open grained wood. After I finished the prep on the table, the first step was to work in a mahogany grain filler. I use Behlen, but there are a number of products that probably work just as well. I applied the grain filler liberally, and used a plastic straight edge to work it into the grain. Next up, I let the grain filler completely dry.

Then comes the work. The whole piece was re-sanded, leaving only the grain filler within the open cells of the wood.  After this step was completed, I began the staining process. We selected General Finishes Spiced Walnut. It helps darken the mahogany but does not take away from the beauty of the wood. This is an oil based product, so I applied it liberally and gave the stain plenty of time to absorb into the wood. Then wiping with the grain, I removed the excess stain. After the stain had fully dried, I reapplied a second and third coat, hand rubbing off the excess and making sure I was happy with the finish. The table was finished up with two coats of lacquer sealer and three coats of satin lacquer.

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