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Does anybody know about a real thick varnish which you can seal a dining room table

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We used the trailer to bring down two dining room sets. One has eight chairs with two leafs which before we downsized we used for holidays and when we brought it into the family room we could seat 16 people at the adult table. Our current house is very small. So we have brought it down to the back of one of the rental homes where we will live out of as long as I stay alive in the winter and early spring. Well the tarp peeled back and we got caught in a torrential rain and we thought it was solid oak, but it appears it was a veneer which has now gotten rough and a bit raised in spots. I will sand the table but would like to put a thick finish. In the 70s there was a product and my spelling will be wrong but decopouge......where it put a quarter inch of finish on surfaces. I hope somebody has a recommendation, but I will go to ace and see what they have. has anybody used those thick finishes?

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Decoupage used a heavy lacquer finish. Go to the min wax site and see if they have a recommendation. .

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They have thick glaze kits at Lowes or hdpot... they're kinds pricy if I remember correctly. You might want to consider a resin... it dries harder and you could sand it smooth then paint it the popular color of the day... which I have no idea of.

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I would like to keep the beautiful natural oak finish about the same so I will check out Lowes and maybe start with some surface sanding with a fine grit, and layer a finish. In 1981 I spent close to 3k for the table, chairs, and buffet and lighted china glass case which sits on top of the buffet. and we are putting in an oak floor to replace all the carpeting and it looks great. I just worry with the humidity that the veneer which is actually very thick will buckle if I do not lightly sand and reseal. I am going to have to glue and reinforce the joints on the back of the China cabinet before I put in the glass doors and shelves, but we hope after I pass that we can rent the one bedroom in law section of the house furnished, and we would like to make it as nice as possible for a retired woman who would appreciate the large dining area for family visiting. I will go to ace and Lowes and check out the products. I was hoping somebody had a brand they have used and liked the way it looked after being refinished. Thanks for the input. I will run the air all week to get the humidity down and let the wood completely dry out, and start working on it next week.

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The problem is... unless you go very thick on the glaze... is that the sanded wood is actually likely to warp/bubble the other way after it dries completely. While it may be bowing at the edges right now... it will settle down alot given time to dry and recover... but if you sand it smooth now it can bow in the middle. Drying wood once it begins to warp is highly unpredictable.

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My parents still have the table and chairs that they bought after they were married and that we ate dinner (we called it supper) on every single evening @5pm sharp - attendance was mandatory, although friends were welcomed.

It sure brings back memories every time I go home and sit at it once again.

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Sal wrote:It sure brings back memories every time I go home and sit at it once again.

Sal, may you have many more years of being able to go home.

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2seaoat wrote:I would like to keep the beautiful natural oak finish about the same so I will check out Lowes and maybe start with some surface sanding with a fine grit, and layer a finish.  In 1981 I spent close to 3k for the table, chairs, and buffet and lighted china glass case which sits on top of the buffet. and we are putting in an oak floor to replace all the carpeting and it looks great.  I just worry with the humidity that the veneer which is actually very thick will buckle if I do not lightly sand and reseal.   I am going to have to glue and reinforce the joints on the back of the China cabinet before I put in the glass doors and shelves, but we hope after I pass that we can rent the one bedroom in law section of the house furnished, and we would like to make it as nice as possible for a retired woman who would appreciate the large dining area for family visiting.  I will go to ace and Lowes and check out the products.  I was hoping somebody had a brand they have used and liked the way it looked after being refinished.   Thanks for the input.  I will run the air all week to get the humidity down and let the wood completely dry out, and start working on it next week.


Over the years I have used min wax many times to restore antiques.

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I have a quarter inch scar in the middle of my forehead. It looks like the number one now and is high almost into my hairline, but on my parents maple dining room table I was running and whack......life time scar. Well my mother antiqued it in the 70s and then when she moved to Arizona she asked if I wanted it. I did and used it in a corner of my office to store files. Unfortunately, I share office space with an ex fire chief who weighs over three hundred pounds and he crumpled about three of the chairs before I went out and got a heavy duty chair he could sit on when visiting without crushing my chairs. I am cleaning out the office after the rapid growth of two liver tumors and the docs telling me I am at my lifetime limit on the radiation on the liver. Well I burned two of the chairs and I was going to burn the table , but damn I was easily able to divide the table for moving, and while I am alive I will just move it to my basement where I can store things on it. As soon as she antiqued it, it was junk, but that was the craze in the mid seventies, but even back then they were using veneers on dining room tables. When we first got married we had a used Duncan fife solid hardwood table and chairs and when we got the new one, the old one sold in a day. Your childhood memories are hard to let go, but after I am dead, I do not want to leave a mess of junk for others to clean up. Not everyone gets a time frame for clean up, so I will make the best of the time I have and clean up things.......Plus, these projects keep me in a positive frame of mind, and damn......some look pretty good.

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2seaoat wrote:I have a quarter inch scar in the middle of my forehead.  It looks like the number one now and is high almost into my hairline, but on my parents maple dining room table I was running and whack......life time scar.   Well my mother antiqued it in the 70s and then when she moved to Arizona she asked if I wanted it.  I did and used it in a corner of my office to store files.  Unfortunately, I share office space with an ex fire chief who weighs over three hundred pounds and he crumpled about three of the chairs before I went out and got a heavy duty chair he could sit on when visiting without crushing my chairs.   I am cleaning out the office after the rapid growth of two liver tumors and the docs telling me I am at my lifetime limit on the radiation on the liver.   Well I burned two of the chairs and I was going to burn the table , but damn I was easily able to divide the table for moving, and while I am alive I will just move it to my basement where I can store things on it.   As soon as she antiqued it, it was junk, but that was the craze in the mid seventies, but even back then they were using veneers on dining room tables.   When we first got married we had a used Duncan fife solid hardwood table and chairs and when we got the new one, the old one sold in a day.   Your childhood memories are hard to let go, but after I am dead, I do not want to leave a mess of junk for others to clean up.   Not everyone gets a time frame for clean up, so I will make the best of the time I have and clean up things.......Plus, these projects keep me in a positive frame of mind, and damn......some look pretty good.


I would love to have had my grandmother's Duncan Fife dining table. It was dark mahogany double pedestal table. My sister had it and it was damaged in a storm. We still have her drop leaf Duncan Fife table.

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They were great and today a person can sell them immediately as they are classics still in demand by younger people. The dining set we have now is too modern for my preference, and all the corners are rounded so I could have never gotten my scar.......safety caps on my meds and rounded dining room tables......what is the world coming to......seat belts to boot.

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2seaoat wrote:They were great and today a person can sell them immediately as they are classics still in demand by younger people.  The dining set we have now is too modern for my preference, and all the corners are rounded so I could have never gotten my scar.......safety caps on my meds and rounded dining room tables......what is the world coming to......seat belts to boot.

Don't worry we still have fire place hearths and toppling furniture.

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I guess you saw plenty of the toppling furniture in the emergency room. People will child proof electric outlets, and will put plastic ties on cabinets, but a cabinet not secured to the wall where a child pulls themselves up.......tragedy in the making. My mother used to drive my father to a commuter train every morning. My brother wanted a peanut butter sandwich so at five I got on a chair to reach it on some shelving and lost my balance grabbed the shelving and all the canned goods and shelving collapsed on us. Our screams of pain and entrapment ended by the time my mother got back, and then it was out to the switch tree to get punished.....now today if she got back and my brother or I took a full hit with a large can to our heads......she would have been charged with criminal neglect. It is hard to protect kids who just seem to find danger.

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2seaoat wrote:I guess you saw plenty of the toppling furniture in the emergency room.  People will child proof electric outlets, and will put plastic ties on cabinets, but a cabinet not secured to the wall where a child pulls themselves up.......tragedy in the making.   My mother used to drive my father to a commuter train every morning.  My brother wanted a peanut butter sandwich so at five I got on a chair to reach it on some shelving and lost my balance grabbed the shelving and all the canned goods and shelving collapsed on us.   Our screams of pain and entrapment ended by the time my mother got back, and then it was out to the switch tree to get punished.....now today if she got back and my brother or I took a full hit with a large can to our heads......she would have been charged with criminal neglect.  It is hard to protect kids who just seem to find danger.


Dome toppling furniture but.... most injuries were from bunk beds. Broken arms and collarbones and of course lacerated eyebrows or chins from the fireplace.

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