Repairing a Stripped Screw (Giving Our 50 Year Old Picnic Table New Life) June 27, 2012
Have you ever tried to repair a piece of furniture, with a stripped out screw? Nope, neither have I. But Mr. Wonderful showed me how and you may want to know how to do this someday. Or, not.
This fabulous tutorial, and I use that term loosely, was done on a 50 year old, redwood picnic table Bob made with his dad. A family heirloom! One leg was wobbly and needed to be fixed for our neighborhood 4th of July BBQ.
1. Bob drilled a hole to accommodate a piece of 1/4″ dowel snugly.
Yep, like that! You can check the instructions on the wood glue you have, but Bob let the table sit overnight, to let the glue dry completely. He didn’t want the drill to cause the new piece of dowel to turn, when drilling a new hole.
Now we have a solid table to serve BBQ dinners on, for the next fifty years. (yes, I know how old we’ll be!)
It was painted this awful “redwood” color. I don’t know why they call it redwood, because I’ve never seen a redwood tree this color! So, I asked Bob to prime it for me so I could do a driftwood wash that I learned about at Haven.
I heard that you could thin down Annie Sloan’s Paris Grey layered with a diluted Old White and voila!, driftwood!
Unless an amazing transformation takes place over night, it doesn’t really look like driftwood! We’ll look at it in the morning, when the light’s good. At least just about anything’s an improvement over the “redwood”!
Oh, and if you’re local, you’ll want to check out what should be a stellar estate sale, in the “Fab 40’s”, this weekend!
Have a wonderful day!