Goodwill Hunting-Modern Coffee Table

created on: 03/15/08

Last weekend was spent participating in my favorite sport of Goodwill Hunting.  With the expansion of this chain of fine variety stores, it's becoming difficult to hang on to my change.  It's also taking up lots of time and gasoline.  But what if something tremendous just arrived behind those swinging doors?

I deliberated a bit before shelling out $24.99 for this little cutie.  That's my limit........I guess.

The top of the table has some discoloration that looks like it's underneath a varnish.  It appears to be a textured insert of some sort.  Does any Curbly woodworking aficionado know how to fix this?

Should I sacrifice the integrity of this original piece by replacing the top with something else? 

Please write back.

created on: 03/15/08

created on: 03/15/08

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ModHomeEcTeacher on Mar 20, 2008:

Thanks.  I'll try the least amount of work first and then move on if that doesn't work.


suzyrenovator on Mar 20, 2008:

That's a beautiful piece of furniture.  I can completely understand why you don't want to miss any new treasures.

Before you go ahead and do any major reconstructing, why don't you try giving it a little rub down with some de-natured alcohol?  It will thin the shellac and might do the job of cleaning it up more to your liking.

Chrisjob on Mar 20, 2008:

Yes! Take out the center, then strip and sand the frame, replace the center with some oak plywood, or veneered MDF if you know of a shop that'll do it for you, and re-stain.


ModHomeEcTeacher on Mar 20, 2008:


Upstate on Mar 20, 2008:

I am not a woodworking expert, but I don't think if you replaced the piece in the center it would hurt the piece at all....I would have paid 25 for it, looks like it is in overall good shape...nice find.

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