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Look at this beautiful coffee table I got for $15! Notice the before & after...what a find!

Step 1: Checking Out the Table!

While walking through my local thrift store, I found a coffee table that needed a lot of TLC. I noticed it was "wobbly", but overall in good condition. I wasn't sure if it was real wood or particle board but decided to take a chance. The nice owner let me have it for $15, and they even loaded it in my car. When I got it home and took it out of my car, I quickly realized it was "HEAVY"! It was made of real wood, and it was wobbly because of a loose screw! I was very excited!

Step 2: Sanding the Top!

After discovering the table was made of real wood, I began to sand it to determine just how pretty it was. As you can see, it is made from quality wood. I only had to use wood filler for one little indention that looked like a cigarette burn. But after sanding, you can't even see it!

Step 3: Those Beautiful Legs!

When I began to sand the legs, I found a treasure! I found that the legs had been carved from one piece of wood! Whoever took this to the thrift store didn't know what a treasure they had! You can see the beauty of the wood in the before and after sanding photos.

Step 4: Final Product Is Beautiful!

After some Minwax Walnut stain and 8 coats of polyurethane, the final product is beautiful!

<p>Ok, your table turned out beautiful for sure.</p><p>&lt;rant on&gt;</p><p>At the same time, how is this instructable supposed to show or teach me anything?<br>Looks more like a show off to me.. albeit a nice one.</p><p>&lt;rant off&gt;<br><br>ok, so for what I-m looking for.<br><br>I'd love to know what kinda wood to use for what and how to identify different kinds of wood types. How to treat the various kinds of wood to look a certain way etc.<br><br>thank you and cheers</p>
<p>Sorry...it is probably a little &quot;braggy&quot;. I'm new at this and just learning. I'll do better next time! :)</p>
<p>No worries, thanks for your reply.<br>I think any justification for what you used in your project is good information IMO. even if it is &quot;because that was what I had laying around&quot;<br><br>cheers</p>
<p>Hello. Nice job! What do you polished (sand) table?</p>
<p>First, I used 150 grit sandpaper using a Corner Cat Sander. Then I used 220 grit sandpaper to smooth it out. After staining it, I used several coats of polyurethane to protect it and make it shine! </p>
<p>Thanks! I'm afraid that if I take back a picture of the finished product that she may charge me more for the furniture I buy! Thanks for the encouragement!</p>
<p>It's wonderful to find a beautiful table under a beat up finish. Great job! </p>
<p>Thanks so much! I couldn't believe the treasure I found! I love those thrift store finds! Thanks for the encouragement!</p>

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