This project was my friend Jessica's table. It is clearly marked as an O'hearn table made of Sugar Maple.
Here are the bits of damage that made it necessary to sand it all the way down.
This was really messy. I used my ventilation mask and chemical gloves.
I covered the under part of the table with plastic.
I scraped with a wire brush and with my 5 in 1 scrapper.
Then after that I sanded it all smooth with a 60 grit, then 100 then 150.
Then I flipped the table over and sanded the top and leaves with this:
I love this sand paper, it takes the finish off quickly.
This table was a lot of sanding, I always use a facemask or bandanna when sanding to keep the dust out of me. I sanded everything down with 150 again and used my shopvac to get all the dust off. Then I used my hand to take the final layer of dust off.
I made sure to sand a small section under the middle leaf to test if Jessica wanted to use some stain or just Waterlox. Here is the photo:
The stain (top) was the same color as the waterlox (bottom)! Except the waterlox brought out the beautiful ribboning and made the wood look amazing while the stain seemed to just make it the same color yet dull. So she chose straight waterlox, I agreed fully here. So I got to work on it again.
I used a foam brush for each application. the first 2 coats really seeped into the wood. I then did 4 more coats making sure to wait at least 24 hours between each coat and sanding it light between every 2 coats with a 320 grit sandpaper, just with my hand, no more sanders used.
and here are the glam shots in my front room.