Fixing Up an Old Cigar Table – Part 1

One of my coworkers asked me to check out this old table that has sentimental value for her family. It has been repainted at some point and the screws holding everything together were loose or missing. Originally, she just asked me to replace the wood screws, but I thought it’d look nicer with a wood stain instead of paint and a new door (the original seems to have been misplaced at some point. I’m also planning to fill in the screw holes with putty and attach everything with wood glue instead for a stronger, cleaner looking table.

The first thing I needed to do was to get off the old finish. In order to do that, I needed to take the table apart. Since it was held together using wood screws, disassembly was really easy. When I’m finished putting it back together, the only way to take it apart will be with a sledge hammer.

My palm sander did a pretty good job with the flat bits, but the spindles are proving to be a much larger challenge. I asked the folks at Highland Woodworking if there was a magic trick to removing paint from spindles. Nope. You can see that I’ve partially sanded one of the spindles using a square of sand paper wrapped around a block of wood. It does the trick, slowly. I’ll finish the others soon enough I guess. Thanks for reading. -Robby

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3 Responses to Fixing Up an Old Cigar Table – Part 1

  1. Seabrook Island 1602 says:

    I look forward to seeing the after picture when it is all done. I’ve recently gotten into building more out of wood instead of just refinishing or adding embellishments to something that is already made. It’s more difficult but more rewarding when the finished product is complete!

  2. Pingback: Fixing Up an Old Cigar Table – Part 2 – Sanding Spindles, Reassembly, and Fabrication | Old House Crazy

  3. Pingback: Fixing Up an Old Cigar Table – Part 3 – Staining | Old House Crazy

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