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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Butter fingers! (Status: scratch and dent acclaim)

Found a Lane Acclaim coffee table in a small town just east of my hometown...but...Oops!
As I was loading this (formerly) pristine Lane Acclaim coffee table into my car...
It slipped from my hands and hit on this corner
Then, just like dropped toast always lands butter side down, the table landed on its top on the sidewalk and slid half a foot.  Shit, shit, shit!

Sigh.... well, at least I can refinish it to match the three pieces I previously posted
It was in perfect, spotless condition; all I had to do was polish it with some feed and wax and it could have been on its way to a happy new home.  Butter fingers make more work for himself. 

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  1. I've found these to be a pretty simple refinish job if you're careful as all the inlays "oak and walnut" are certainly veneered with a solid oak trim. I normally carefully sand the top and restain with a golden oak stain and shoot with satin lacquer, but you you can use a spray poly coat for durability. An early american stain would likely bring them back closer to original but I like highlighting the effect of the walnut vs. the oak with the lighter stain and the walnut still pops with the finish! A little Howard restor-a-finish usually bring the bases back to life...Just my two cents..

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    1. Yeah, it's not that hard to refin (I've done two Acclaim pieces and have another table just like this one stripped and ready for stain) but I don't have a space to do the work until the temperatures go up and I can take pieces out into the yard.

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  2. You're still a step ahead of me, I found the same table at a thrift that was painted with white latex. I started stripping it a month ago and it looks like they didn't touch the legs or underside, but they sanded the top to prep it for paint and really messed up the dovetails on one end. Plus it made it a LOT harder to strip the top, so it's been sitting in my basement just waiting for warm weather.

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    1. I'm always afraid to buy furniture that has been painted; you just never know whats waiting underneath.

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  3. Oh, man, can I ever empathize. There was the time we closed the garage door on a Carter Bros. scoop chair, and the time we broke a leg off a pristine credenza...the list goes on and on. I guess when you buy and sell as much furniture as those of us in this business tend to do, there are bound to be accidents. But that doesn't make it any easier to take when they happen.

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    1. This is not my first "oops" either. I broke a leg on the Drexel declaration coffee table (I can glue it back, no problem) and I dropped a wooden sliding door for a Peabody buffet, breaking off a corner (I need to build a new door, which is not difficult, just annoying and time consuming).

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