My father-in-law, Lloyd Samuel Wells, was a prolific woodworker in the 1980s and 1990s. I learned a great deal from him.
Like many woodworkers, Lloyd hated the finishing part of the job. On most projects, you were lucky if he got 1 coat of polyurethane on the project. I have now refinished quite a few of his projects after the damage incurred from sunlight and water.
Lloyd did a nice design on this table. It is the right height for a bench in an entry room or mud room (my wife uses it to keep paper grocery sacks and other items).
Carefully remove oak plus using chisel and hammer on the long sides. Glue back in after finishing done.
Remove finish with 60 grit on belt sander on top and 2 long sides at top.
Sand with 220 grit orbital sander. [I should have orbital sanded with intermediate grit, like 120, because I had a few
scratch marks from the 60 grit the 220 grit did not remove. The grain filler filled them]
Stain with golden oak oil stain.
Rub in Behlen's grain filler with fingers on top only......after stirring the can because it always settles in the can.
After 10 minutes, scrape off excess Behlen's using plastic card. Let dry overnight.
Sand with 220 grit orbital.
Coat #1 of polyurethane....let dry.
Sand to 220 grit.
Coat #2 poly.
sand to 220 grit
Coat #3 of poly.
Glue oak plugs back in.
I have used this on past projects, and it gives a mirror like finish on tops of tables, shelves, etc.
This is about the 5th time I have refinished furniture build 20 to 40 years ago by my father-in-law..............who did not put enough coats of polyurethane on his projects.
If I do another one, I should sand the old finish off using 3 steps.........like 60, 120, 220 grit............versus just 60 and 220 grit. You need to get the 60 grit scratches out using an intermediate grade, because the 220 grit will not remove deep scratch marks.
I like the mirror-finish the Behlen grain filler gives you.