The first step when choosing second hand antique pine tables is to determine what style of table you want to purchase and how much money you have to spend on the table. Once you have determined the style of table you want, be sure to research the era in which this table was common. Look for distinguishing characteristics that will reveal whether the table is a true antique, and be sure the table is in serviceable condition; in other words, make sure the table is either in usable shape or it is in such a shape that it can be restored effectively. Look for rot in all areas of the table, as well as warping and damage to the wood and any metal hinges, screws, joints, or other hardware.
Consider the appearance of the second hand antique pine tables you are considering. Pine is a versatile wood in terms of appearance, as it can be stained a variety of shades for a different look and feel. Take note of the amount of knots in the antique pine tables you are considering. Knots are usually quite attractive, though if restoration is needed to get the table in working order, knots can be troublesome. Knots may also cause an uneven or pitted surface, so if you are in need of a completely smooth tabletop, be sure to carefully examine any knots to make sure they are flat enough for your liking.
Pine tends to warp fairly easily, which means after time, the wood will dry out and begin to bend or curve. Second hand antique pine tables may be particularly susceptible to this warping, and if the table you are considering is warped, one of two things may be possible: either the table was made from inferior wood or was put together improperly, or the table was not stored and cared for properly over the years. The condition of the table in this regard will have an impact on its functionality and longevity, and if warping has occurred, it becomes even more important to check for rot or other water damage.
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