What's Happening With the Table?

Some folks have been asking what the story is with my table refinishing project. I told you it was on the docket for April, gave you a teaser shot of the blonde wood, and then...crickets.

I made a lot of progress, but then the little chicks came to stay with us for a week, and I couldn't sand lest their little lungs fill up with sawdust! And then we were out of town for a couple of weekends and had family come to visit. And then I started my job.

I threw a tablecloth over the table and took a bit of a break.

I suppose it's time to get back to this behemoth. Of course, when I look at the legs, it's hard to get my motivation up. That sucker's going to take a lot of sanding.

Seriously, what happened to this thing?

I don't know, but when I convinced my lady that we should buy an enormous $40 dining room table in horrible condition, it was accompanied by a promise that I'd turn it into something beautiful.

So what's left to do?

1. Finish the first level of sanding on the legs (3 hours)
2. Do two more levels of sanding with increasingly finer grit on the table top (2 hours)
3. Maybe do one more level of sanding with a finer grit on the legs (2 hous)
4. Wipe everything down with mineral spirits (15 minutes)
5. Choose a stain (1 hour)
6. Stain the whole table (2 hours)
7. Sand and apply polyurethane (3 hours)

Wow. If my estimates are correct, I still have another 13 hours or so of work on this sucker. Yeepers.

I guess I better get moving on it if I ever want to have that beautiful table.

Wish me luck!