Wobbly dining table, and advice on refinishing.
This is an elderly craigslist find.
1. To separate the table to allow the extension leaf to swing up, you pull a ring attached to a metal wire. The table is steady side to side, but it has a lot of 'ease' back to front. I get seasick if someone is cutting their food. I guess too many people have not known about the ring underneath and have reamed on the poor thing trying to open it by brute force.
I'm thinking it's an easy fix to steady it, but would welcome input from experienced table builders.
Here's a pic of the legs, underside and table top.
2. It's all solid wood, weighs a ton. The leaf is in beautiful condition but as you can see, the top and legs are not. I have refinished furniture pieces before. Wondered if any one has any words of advice for me before I do my usual 'strip, wash, sand and oil based Varathane'.