Turn a ugly yard sale find into a beautiful piece.
Step 1: Document How It Looked Before
Take pictures of how it looks before you start.. otherwise your friends won't believe you about how it looked ?
Step 2: Disassembly of the Table
Begin by disassembling the table. Take note of how things come apart for later reference.
Step 3: Sanding, Sanding, and More Sanding
Once the disassembly is done, start sanding your pieces down. I used 50 grit sandpaper and then went back over them with 220 grit sandpaper. For the spindles, I didn't have a lathe to use to sand so I put them in the drill press for quicker sanding time.
Step 4: Staining
Next it is time to stain the pieces, unless you prefer it to be light.. Make sure when you stain the pieces you have a old towel ready to wipe off the extra stain from the pieces and your hands..
Step 5: Gluing and Assembly
After staining the pieces, you need to assemble them together to make sure they will fit and are in the right places. After making sure they fit and are in the right places it is time to glue, just a drop or two will be enough.. otherwise you will have overflow. I took some clamps to hold the pieces in while the glue set. Also in some of the pics you will see where I went ahead and put some polyurethane under some of the pieces.
Step 6: Adding Legs and Some Polyurethane
After the glue has dried it is time to add the legs and it's hardware. After assembling the leg hardware I coated the bottom with polyurethane then screwed the legs on. Once the legs are screwed on I coated them with polyurethane.
Step 7: Coating the Rest With Polyurethane
After the legs are dried it is time to coat the rest with polyurethane. Doing one side, letting dry then flipping over to get the other.
Step 8: Assessment
Once the coats of polyurethane are dry, look it over for any blemishes and sand them out using 220 sandpaper then re-apply some polyurethane.
Step 9: Finished
As soon as the polyurethane has dried, you will have a beautiful finished end table. Which in this case was only $7.50