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Refashioning solid wood desk into dining table

I have a solid oak wood work desk with a 1.5" thickness, kinda like the executive size, red stained, but I was thinking of making the top of it into a restained walnut color dining table. The lengths are concave downwards. Is it worth it to do this?

I'm wondering if the labor of transporting a huge hunk of wood, restaining it and making it into a dining table is worth it.

Or should I just donate it, and buy a dining table on my own?

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If the desk size is wide enough to accommodate place settings on both sides with room to spare for food, then sure. What did you have in mind for the legs?
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aokec wrote: I have a solid oak wood work desk with a 1.5" thickness, kinda like the executive size, red stained, but I was thinking of making the top of it into a restained walnut color dining table. The lengths are concave downwards. Is it worth it to do this?

I'm wondering if the labor of transporting a huge hunk of wood, restaining it and making it into a dining table is worth it.
Depends where you have to transport it to I would say....and if you would enjoy a project like this? Its not really difficult to remove the old finish on a flat surface....get a decent scraper and remove as much of the finish as possible and then progress through grits (say 80-150-220) with a random orbital sander.

Get a friend with a router to put a new edge on the convex edge of the old desktop rather than sanding....take him 10 minutes in your backyard. I always do that when refinishing a table top, it removes any damaged areas and is a hell of a lot easier on the fingers than sanding ornate shapes :)

Consider you might need more oak for a table skirt/crossmembers etc when you're dismantling that desk. Here's a supplier of turned table legs/pedestals...or look for someone local with a lathe. Could always go with square legs; even tapered....the turned legs would add a lot to the finished look IMO.

http://www.woodturners.net/ca/catalogue ... 99e287daac

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