It’s hardly a convincing knock-0ff to the discerning eye, I realize, but it is what it is. After trading two Navy Side Chairs, Gadora was determined to breath new life into the Saarinen-inspired table. At first I planned to replace the tabletop entirely, but finding the wood was in decent—if not sticky—condition, decided only a good sanding and finish was necessary.
Two layers of stain were eventually applied, as the first layer ran. The table was then spot sanded and a final layer of stain applied. Drying overnight, a light layer of wax was applied as a follow-up, then wiped off.
This project took 3+ days all told. The stain needed a thorough drying before a light sanding took hold. Initially Gadora thought the laminate trim could be removed without a hitch. Not-so-much. Wood glue was used to re-adhere the trim along the side, then allowed to dry overnight and sanded smooth. Voila! It’s Gadora-ble.