Restoring old or antique pool table legs can improve not only how the table looks, but also its financial worth. It is a task that requires a lot of sanding and shaping, plus a little knowledge about staining. It can easily be accomplished by most people. Just be aware it is not a task that can be rushed, so make some time in your schedule before starting. You may also complete the restoration project in stages. Whatever you decide, follow these easy steps to restore your antique pool table legs.
Step 1 - Strip the Stain or Varnish
Apply a good quality stain or varnish remover to the pool table legs with a brush to begin the stripping process. Various types of strippers are available on the market, so be sure to follow the specific directions on the back of the can that you have. The basic procedure is too allow the stripper some time to begin working, then use a rag to scrub away the varnish or stain. This step saves a substantial amount of time on sanding, so the better job you do stripping the legs, the better off that you will be.
Step 2 - Sand
After the table legs have been stripped and fully dried, use fine grit sandpaper to sand the area smooth. You need to go all the way down to the bare wood if any stain or varnish is left. Shape any cracks or chips that have appeared over the years. Obviously, you will not be able to shape the legs back to the exact original design if they have endured years of abuse and neglect, but you should be able to get them close. Take your time and pay attention to details. Match each leg, sanding where needed.
Step 3 - Clean
Use a small paint brush to remove as much of the dust particles as you can. Make sure to get into all the joints and decorative design creases. After the table legs have been brushed, use a clean rag to finish removing all particles of wood and coating materials.
Step 4 - Stain
Begin applying the stain from the top of the table leg and work your way down to the floor. Use a clean, cotton rag to rub the stain into the surface of the leg. Make sure to spread the stain evenly, including inside any creases or joints that have been formed. Once again, take your time and pay attention to the smallest details. If you do not do this properly, it will have to be stripped again and the entire process will have to be repeated. If you have sensitive skin or lungs, make sure to wear a painters mask with disposable rubber gloves, because most stains can be harsh on bare skin and unprotected lungs.