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Hi in this instructable I will walk you through the processes and steps involved in restoring a piece of furniture that has seen better days. I will show you how I restored a set of 3 teak occasional/ coffee tables, but this is really more of a guide of how to restore any wooden furniture. The 'ible is by no means exhaustive, however, I will show you what I believe to be the best method/s, but I also try to note alternatives where applicable.

Without further ado....

Step 1: Supplies/tools

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What you'll  need:
•Sandpapers- 80 and 100 grit minimum, best to have assorted grits on hand
•Sanding block
•Power sander- could be substituted for the sanding block but I would only recommend using a palm sander/ random orbit sander and be gentle with power sanding (no belt sanders or disc sanders as they could take too much off and do more damage than good)
•Stain if you plan on changing the colour of the piece
•Your chosen finish- French polish, Teak oil, Danish oil, Tung oil, Linseed oil, varnish, Polyurethane, wax, or even... dare I say it, paint.
•Wood Glue or PVA glue
•Rags and Cloths
•Set Square
•Metal rule
•Protective goggles
•Dust mask or respirator
•Latex/ vinyl gloves
•Some old clothes that you don't mind getting very dusty, and maybe a little stained
•Oh, and lots of time...and a large workspace would be useful

Okay, lets get started.
sjeverett752 months ago
Before you sand anything, wipe the piece with some mineral spirits. This will give you a better idea of what the piece would look like all cleaned up. It will allow you to better assess the damage to the wood ex rings, stains, and scratches. It may only need a good scrubbing with soap and water and some polishing instead of sanding and refinishing. Just something to think about before doing something more invasive.
sally.tackas9 months ago

Brilliant instructions, thanks for sharing.

GinnaJo1 year ago
Easy to follow instructions. I need to shop now then I can get started. Thanks
cajunfid2 years ago
Excellent instructable! I do think it should be noted that most furniture made today is not completely solid (high quality veneer) and that sanding should be kept to an absolute minimum when reconditioning a piece that has identified as being veneered. There's nothing worse than spending the time redoing a teak table (personal experience) you assumed was completely solid only to realize that its not when you accidentally sand through the veneer.
mdog93 (author)  cajunfid2 years ago
That is a good point I will add that to the instructable somewhere
Very nice ible- well done and great documentation.
Attmos2 years ago
Nice work, and well writen instructable.
Wow, this has been a very thorough wood care post - Thank you for sharing!