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One piece of furniture Steph wanted for her house when she moved in was a farmhouse table. At the time, neither of us had the skills to make one. She found a shop north of Tallahassee and had one custom made of old barn wood with metal legs. The lumber the owner showed us along with the metal legs seemed like a perfect combination. The order was place; payment was made.
The table was delivered and set into place; we admired its beauty. We realized, too late, that the actual construction of the table was poor. There was nothing structural built into the table to keep it from wobbling which it did with the slightest touch. This annoyed Steph to no end!
Also, at my suggestion we had it waxed, which was a terrible choice. It didn't protect the wood from liquid at all and the table top suffered.
We now have developed woodworking and refinishing skills so it was time to tackle the top and add structural strength to the legs. Here's what we did.
The finish on this table is 100% better than where it started and no longer wobbles!
We would recommend for anyone wanting to wax a piece of furniture to think long and hard about that decision. The wax is extremely difficult to remove and even with all that we did to remove it, we still had some that was deeply ingrained into the wood.
If you decide to get a piece of furniture custom made, be sure to do your homework. Really examine samples of the woodworkers work and get recommendations from friends. Know how a table or piece of furniture should be constructed to be sure you are getting a quality piece.
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Steph & Vicki
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