Help, expanding table binding

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Old 11-13-16, 06:22 PM
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Help, expanding table binding

My wife is ready to take matters into her own hands.

We have a very old all wood table (from my mother) that expands with two leafs. Recently the all wood runner are binding to the point that we can't hardly pull out the ends or push in the leafs. It's all wood construction and well made. We never had this problem until about a year ago. We do have a humidifier running in the winter. The change in season does not seem to make a difference.

She wants to put some type of lub on the runners. Wax or Silicon. Because of the quality of the table we do not want to ruin it. Any suggestion on how to make the runner smooth again? What would you suggest as a lubricant that will not damage the wood or collect dirt to make it harder next time.

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BTW...See the matching chairs in the background? Anybody ever see these? She desperately wants two more if possible. We have checked antique stores and e-Bay several times with no luck.
 
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Candle wax, paste wax, paraffin... all are good wood lubricants. Johnson's Paste wax would probably be my first choice as I keep a can around to lubricate my planer plates and table saw tops... it isn't as thick of a wax either.
 
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Old 11-13-16, 07:02 PM
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Johnson's Paste wax
This would also be my first suggestion. Used it on some all wood drawers and now they slide like butter. Stuff has been around for years.
 
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Great guys, Thanks. She has some of this wax and is excited to know it's recommended. She loves this table.

Now about those chairs. This table is about 80 years old, solid oak and in near mint condition. It was given to my mother as a wedding gift. It was meant to be a breakfast table but she used it as her special occasion dinning table. Since my wife inherited it and we already had a dinning table (not nearly the quality) we are using it as our everyday table. It only came with four chairs. Only once in the past 25 years did I see a duplicate of the chair and I was too poor to consider buying it. So now if I came across one or two I would be willing buy if the price was in my affordability range.
 
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Any markings on the table or chairs to give us an idea of the make?
 
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Take a clear picture of the chair with good lighting and a plain background, and do a google image search. You might get lucky.
 
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No markings.

I'll get pic tonight.

I'll try the image search also.
 
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Old 11-14-16, 01:56 PM
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I tried the GOOGLE Image search. It labeled and searched for WOOD!

Here is a full on view of the chair. This shows the original seat covering. We have since recovered it several times.

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