Ding Dong the Sanding's Done

The Sanding's Done!
The Sanding's Done!
Ding Dong the Endless Sanding's Do-o-o-ne!

Please excuse my silliness. 

I thought I was going to be sanding that table for the rest of my life. I thought my dining room would forever be covered in a fine film of sawdust. I thought my ears would never stop ringing.

But it's done. Finished. 

The legs were really the tough part. There are no spindles or anything, but even so, getting into all those little crevices was no easy task. For some parts, I had to whip out the regular old sand paper because my sander wouldn't fit, even with all its fancy attachments. 

And the legs were in pretty bad shape, so there was a lot of sanding that needed to be done. Even at the end of all of it, they still don't look good as new. There are some places at the bottoms of the legs that I've mentioned before where I'm not sure what happened, but there are lots of dark spots that just won't sand down. It's like they're soaked all the way through the wood. 

I used wood putty to address the places where there were real divets or holes, but there wasn't really anything to be done about the spots. And I some point I just had to accept that it wasn't going to be perfect and remind myself that the look I've been going for since the beginning was a rugged farmhouse table, so some imperfections should just add to its authenticity. Right?

After the wood putty dried, I switched from the 80 grit sandpaper I'd been using (after the 60 grit) and did the final rounds over the entire table with 120 grit to get rid of any of the sanding lines and get the whole thing to a uniform smoothness. 

Remember the words that were carved into it when I started?

I didn't get it out completely, but once this is stained, I don't think it'll be that noticeable at all.

So after about 5 hours of sanding over the weekend, this baby's ready for some color. 

The plan is to start the staining this evening after work. I don't think it will take that long, but then, I've been wrong about this table before. 

I'm so close to this table refinishing project being complete, and I just can't wait to have a gorgeous new table!

Wish me luck!


For a look back on the table project from the beginning:

Part 1 - On the Docket
Part 2 - Going Blonde
Part 3 - What's Happening with the Table?