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A post-office antique is reborn as a first-class dining-room table


With zeal for the unusual, a learned eye and some imagination, one furniture collector gave her dining room its own unique flair. When she came across an old post-office table, she knew it would make a perfect dining table. All that remained was to refinish the old workhorse and find the right chairs to complement its stately charm.

Stripping the old varnish with Formby's® Furniture Refinisher, revealed a table made of two types of wood. The top had a veneer of makore, which resembles mahogany but recites a rippled iridescence under a clear finish. The butternut skirt and legs were much lighter and had to be stained to match the makore. Not a problem. First the top received two coats of Minwax® Fast-Drying Polyurethane in a gloss sheen. The top then got a rubdown with cotton-like #0000(very fine) steel wool to smooth minuscule rough spots and to take down the gloss just a tad. Matching the butternut to the makore proved easy with Minwax® Wood Finish™ Colonial Maple Stain, which was followed with two coats of Minwax® Fast-Drying Polyurethane in a gloss sheen for extra protection. Overall, the final topcoat provided sheen just right for this beautiful, functional antique.






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