Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Dickinson, Tx. / Somerville, TX
If you already stripped off all the layers of paint and are down to bare wood, just give a rinse with TSP.If by chance, you didnt remove all of the paint or other residue, you will know it by now. Best way to tell is to wipe the surface with a rag with lacquer thinner and you will see uneven spots on the wood or other blemishes.
If all looks good, start sanding with 120 and then 150 and then 180 grit and that should be all you need.
Then just find the stain you want. You might want to bring the table top with you to Lowes, HD or where ever and try stain samples on the underside of the table where it wont be seen. When you select the color you want, just stain it. When it dries after a day or so, finish with poly by following the directions.
Don't be too disappointed if the wood does not look all that good. It was common at that time to mix several varieties of cheaper woods together during the Great Depression in the 1930's. The manufacturers have techniques to make it still look good. You wont have too many options so if you dont like the grain after the staining, leave it as is and get back on here.
Retired woodworker, amongst other things, Sold full time cruising boat and now full time cruising in RV. Currently in Somerville, Tx
Last edited by Tony B; 12-08-2019 at 01:18 PM.