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Old 11-15-2013, 07:19 PM   #1
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Default Scrollsaw Interrupted - Need Furniture Refinishing Advice

I'm afraid my scrollsaw has a layer of dust on it - fall household projects, vacation travels and now furniture refinishing have gotten in the way.

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This is not about scrolling - but I'm certain the diversity of expertise on this forum has some suggestions for me ....

Our son and daughter-in-law purchased a century old character home a while back and found in the basement a badly painted table that my daughter-in-law (eyes batting) asked me to strip and refinish.

This is kind of a neat table - but I've never seen anything like it - make of mahogany it stretches out from 20 inches to six feet - part of that "stretching" is a fold-over top and the rest I'm assuming is a set of typical dining-room table type leaves that have long since disappeared.

I'm comfortable with the refinishing but have a couple of questions:

- does anyone have any knowledge of this kind of table? - it is obviously quite old - made in Flin Flon Manitoba by the Thompson Furniture Co. (Google pulls up nothing) and has had at least one major repair in its life that involved a thick, greyish type of glue (that stills seems to be holding very well) - but no indication of the age of the piece.

- there is a lot of sticking and binding with the telescoping "beams" - without taking the thing apart does anyone have any suggestions for lubricating the slides? - at the moment I'm thinking of a hard stick-type wax but am really open to suggestions.

Thanks (and looking forward to dusting off the scrollsaw in the not-to-distant future .....).


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never seen anything like that before.
all i can suggest is bees wax for the sliders.
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Spray a little PAM cooking oil (canola oil) in there. Will work like new.
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Spray on graphite lock lubricant usually works and does not leave a residue to attract dirt.

Very nice looking find.
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I'm thinking there might be a century worth of hardened grease in the slides, so I might just give them a flush with some mineral spirits, followed by some white lithium grease or a Teflon spray lube.
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Sawdust on the saw table looks like progress.
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Thanks all - these are great suggestions and much appreciated - will let you know how it goes!

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Put me down for "beeswax" as well.
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