Flat Screen Table Build #6: Finishing

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Blog entry by Brodan posted 01-16-2015 06:18 PM 1263 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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With the table assembled I was ready for finishing….or I thought I was. I wanted the finish to match the end tables in our living room, which have a cherry finish. After reading about the difficulties in staining Maple without making it a splotchy mess, I asked for and received some advice from folks here on LJ. Thanks to all!
Here is the unfinished table…. I was advised to leave it natural but it would not have matched the other furniture.

So the first thing I did was to apply diluted shellac that I lightly sanded once it had dried. I then applied Minwax Red Mahogany gel stain. I was not at all happy with the color. My pride in the build quickly turned into “what have I gotten myself into” thinking.

After more advice and reading and watching videos, I elected to sand it lightly and apply General Finishes water based Vintage Cherry die stain after which I sprayed on a light coat of shellac, followed up by several coats of hand rubbed poly. The pic doesn’t reflect the final finish as I’ve put several coats of poly on since the pic.

I wasn’t sure about putting doors on the front but decided to make leaded glass inserts and frame them with Maple to “hide” the electronics. These doors will be hinged at the bottom and I used a spring loaded magnetic catch at the top so that there is no need for a handle or knob.

Of course now I suppose I need to repeat everything I’ve done as far as finishing to get a color match.

Thanks for looking.

-- Dan, TN

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#1 posted 01-16-2015 08:13 PM

looks great!


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#2 posted 01-16-2015 09:25 PM

Great results Dan. Thanks for sharing.

-- Scott in Texas

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#3 posted 01-18-2015 06:36 PM

Just seen the project post. You have done an excellent job. It’s a beautiful piece of furniture. Well done !

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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