Be careful when reveneering the top. My dad and I did a table ... and a
veneer on top to be a protection from heat and water (we weren't
"restoring" an antique, per se ... hard to think of the table you got
from your grandmother as an "antique" even though it was!)
We ran into the problem of the table having been old enough and dried
out enough that the moisture from the glue we used for the veneer made
the top bow.
Now, if you are looking at the table as an investment .. remember the
truly valuable antique is one that hasn't had the finish changed ....
but, if you can get it at a good enough price, rehabbing an old piece
will still bring you a decent chunk of change from someone who wats the
look and the age but isn't going for "collectible"
Conal O'hAirt Jim Hart wrote:
> There is a Victorian table on Ebay....
> Big hulking thing that looks kinda neat and it is still affordable....
> It's a bit beat up........
> ebay item: 330186409156
> ( no one here is allowed to bid against me... )
> I'm betting that I would have to re-veneer the top to end up with
> a decent table...... but I could do the work...I do have the skills
> Anyone out there have experience with antiques and restoration
> and the effect that might have on value ( which unless I'd be turning
> a $5000 table into a $50 table is not the main concern )