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Hi,
I want to restore this table so the middle extending leaf matches the other two. I’ve hand sanded and put on a few coats of Danish oil but looks different.

should I use an orbital sander? should I then stain it?
If so, what stain is recommended to look similar to chairs?

thank you.

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That middle piece has aged differently because probably has been kept in a dark room (cupboard maybe?)
Unless painted it will never be the same shade of the rest.
 
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That middle piece has aged differently because probably has been kept in a dark room (cupboard maybe?)
Unless painted it will never be the same shade of the rest.

thank you. Presumably I could wood stain the whole table and then lacquer and it should cover the difference? Or would it still be darker?
 
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It will still be different. Unless you are a skilled polisher and can match colours, the only way to match the components is probably to sand the lot back and refinish. However, is the table top is actually solid wood or is it veneered sheet material with a solid wood lipping. This is an issue because modern commercial veneers are often well under 1mm thick (0.4 to 0.6mm) and can sand through with a power sander very quickly indeed, making refinishing problematic
 
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thank you. Presumably I could wood stain the whole table and then lacquer and it should cover the difference? Or would it still be darker?
The only thing you can try is to match the rest of the table and the chairs by staining them of a darker colour, shade by shade until you get the desired effect.
Is it really worth it?
If it really bothers you, it would be probably easier to rebuild the middle piece and stain that to the same colour of the rest.
That could again, be only achievable with lots of trial and error.
 
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The only thing you can try is to match the rest of the table and the chairs by staining them of a darker colour, shade by shade until you get the desired effect.
Is it really worth it?
If it really bothers you, it would be probably easier to rebuild the middle piece and stain that to the same colour of the rest.
That could again, be only achievable with lots of trial and error.

Thanks - good advice. I've decided to put on a few more coats of oil and see how it looks. If after a few months, I'll paint the table top black!
 

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