The story is about how I was asked to help people to get rid of a strange table and here it is — a brand new piece of furniture called a samovar table of the beginning of the 20th century. The legs were decorated with geometric Greek carving.
The main task was to remove old paint. Drill nozzles of different granularity and a normal awl for cleaning the carving were used. The dust of ages fell down richly from carved elements.
Since the lower shelf was not subject to restoration, it had to be replaced.
At the end, the paint was removed, a new shelf took its place. My assistants was with me as usually:
The tabletop was glued and repaired with epoxy resin.
And the most important moment is toning. I used Varathane stain color 211728 — Oak gunstock and ZAR semi-gloss varnish.
I hope that this DIY was be interesting and useful!