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
What you'll need:
•Sandpapers- 80 and 100 grit minimum, best to have assorted grits on hand
•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
•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.