The sanding revealed that the boards were a little punkier than anticipated. There is now an eight inch long hole near the center of the table. And there are gaps were the shoulder of the grooves on two of the boards have broken off.
I now will have to repair the hole and as long as that is being done I will probably attack the other problems too. There are 3 options for the hole (doing nothing not being one of those options). I can cut a Dutchman repair. It is a butterfly or bowtie shaped piece of wood that is set into an identical cutout made around the hole. I can fill the hole with an epoxy wood filler. Or I can cut off the bad boards and replace them with other tongue and groove boards. Mike has some similar old T&G boards that I hope will fit. So I now have a plan for repairing the hole and replacing the bad groove shoulders.
I am just going to lacquer the table after the repair. It should look great. More for Gypsy Lea's will be featured soon.
I also have a couple of other interesting pieces ready for Gypsy Lea's.
This tulip pitcher is from the Pioneer Power flea market last Friday. It is Roseville Pottery from about 1916. My mother had a similar pitcher when I was growing up. I remember it as being used exclusively for Kool-Aid. I can see the grape Kool-Aid mix swirling in the pitcher as we mixed in cups of sugar.
This Ice Tea container was made by Watt Pottery in the 1950's. It will look great on the harvest table at someone's deck party.
And then there is this FIRE bucket. I think that it has a pointy bottom so people wouldn't take it to use elsewhere.