COFFEE TABLE UPDATE
Gather your supplies
- Coffee table of mid‑century design (here, made by Parker Furniture)
- 400-grit sandpaper
- 00 fine-grade steel wool
- Danish oil (try Feast Watson Scandinavian Oil)
You’ll also need
Drop sheet; clean dry cloths (2); screwdriver; cork sanding block; flat stirrer
STEP 1 Lay out drop sheet in your work area. Place table upside-down on drop sheet. Using screwdriver, unscrew tabletop from leg frame. Place screws (and any extra fittings) in a safe spot for later.
If your piece is coated
in a layer of grime, you may
wish to rub over the piece with
fine steel wool drenched with
methylated spirits. When you’re
done, immediately wipe away
excess metho with a clean dry
cloth. Let dry before continuing.
STEP 2 Fold and tear a strip of sandpaper to suit width of sanding block. Wrap paper around block.
STEP 3 Lightly rub over surfaces of tabletop with sandpaper using long even strokes. Make sure you rub in direction of grain (never rub across grain) and take care not to dig into the veneer. Brush away dust.
STEP 4 Using steel wool, rub over leg frame of table. Again, rub in direction of grain. Brush away dust.
STEP 5 Reattach tabletop to leg frame, using screws (and any extra fittings) reserved in Step 1.
STEP 6 Stir oil with flat stirrer. To apply oil to timber, dampen a fresh piece of steel wool with oil and work it into underside of tabletop and leg frame. Rub oil in direction of grain. Turn table over and apply oil to tabletop.
STEP 7 Allow oil to penetrate timber for 30 minutes. When surface gets tacky, remove excess oil with clean dry cloth.
STEP 8 After 8 hours, apply a second coat of oil. For a satin lustre and durable protection, apply 3 or 4 coats. Additional coats will increase the sheen.