I really want to save this table and didn't know the legs were in such bad shape until I turned it over. It had sat in our barn on the dirt floor for several years. From the outside, the legs didn't look that bad, then I turned it over. Ugh! Still, I'd like to try to save it. The rest of the table is in excellent condition. What do you think?
One method would be to fill the voids with epoxy and sand/file/grind the cured epoxy down to size. Mixing sawdust with the epoxy would make it more viscous and easier to mold as well as 'camouflaging' the clear resin.
First I need to say that I'm sanding the whole table down to bare wood. I've done the top already using steel wool. (took two days) It'll probably take me weeks to do the rest. My husband bought me a little mouse sander, but even those things don't get into the tight places. Will the epoxy mixed with sawdust accept a stain, or will I probably have to paint the table :o( I've done other stuff, but most of it was straight and I could use paint stripper or a sander. I never had to repair anything before. This one's a challenge but I think it's a fun project.
I don't think the epoxy/sawdust mix would accept a stain, but I've only painted it and have no experience trying to stain it. It appeared the decay was on the bottom of the legs and as such should not be very visible while in use. Good luck. The stool next to the table is cool.
Balvenie,Thanks about the stool. It's made from the crotch of a sycamore tree trunk and a disc cut from part of another limb cured for a couple of years. I've made three of them just for small plant stands or just to hold a cup of coffee or can of soda while I work. I made one from a maple tree and it's really nice because of the hardwood, and the third is from cherry. It's really pretty. I kept the bark on all of them. They make a nice conversation piece.
Jim brought home my supplies last night and I'm going to start it tonight after the grandbabies go home. The damage is so far near the bottom and under the legs that it won't really matter if it stains or not. You're right.
raisedbedbob, I checked out the hyperlink and liked what I saw. Thanks! I requested a catalog and can hardly wait until it comes. I read that their stuff is stainable. I have another chair in the barn that I want to try and it has a little more damage, but I was afraid to tacke it. I'm glad I haven't thrown it out already.