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Limbert Lamp Table - Stickley #240 #9: Finish Line

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Blog entry by CaptainSkully posted 1769 days ago 3687 reads 5 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Shellaced

I finally had a day to work on our stuff. With a little urging from my girlfriend to finish the fumed table sitting in our dining room, I bit the bullet and gave it a good shellacing. This was my first time using shellac. It’s pretty difficult to work with, as it dries fast and leave a build-up. I cut the Zinser Amber in half with denatured alcohol, and grabbed a beer for myself (I thought it only fair), and went to town on it. It gave it a nice, rich look. When that dried, I busted out all of my dark gel stains and did a test swatch on the underside of the top. I really liked the authentic, antique look that General Finishes “Antique Walnut” gave it, so I gave the whole thing one coat. I’m pretty satisfied with the look. The gel stain gave it a very rick, old look. I’ll wait for the gel to polymerize and then put three coats of Arm-R-Seal Satin on it. When that’s done, some dark brown furniture wax. After that, it’s ready for large salad bowls and trivets. Trivets, hmmm…

Gel Stain

I’m resisting the urge to load it up into the truck and run over to Craftsman Home in Berkeley for a comparison to the real thing. I think this blog is done. Thanks for watching.

I’m going to have to seriously resist building the accompanying piece, the Limber Fern Stand #244:

click here for TreeFrog's version

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails



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a1Jim

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#1 posted 1769 days ago

Thanks Skully super blog and project,very well done

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Vincent Nocito

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#2 posted 1769 days ago

The finish is very good and I like the whole blog. Keep it up. Gotta make the fern table.

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Greg Salata

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#3 posted 1768 days ago

Great work.
I have always liked Limbert pieces.

That is a piece I would like to build in the not so distant future.

Really enjoyed the blog.

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CaptainSkully

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#4 posted 1768 days ago

Thanks guys! Vincent, don’t tempt me. Greg, make sure you make the jigs, and make them long enough. It’s a very rewarding project and is very authentic looking. Making the stretchers half-lap like (Brad) TreeFrog suggests adds structural integrity, but is pretty difficult to make accurately. I might make the angled dadoes first, then worry about the half laps and end profiles. My stretcher assembly pushes the top a bit out of alignment, but not enough to be noticeable by anyone other than myself.

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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Shopsmithtom

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#5 posted 1627 days ago

I just stumbled across this project. Great job. I’m thinking of making the fern stand #244. I’ll just need to find some plans. -SST

-- Accuracy is not in your power tool, it's in you

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CaptainSkully

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#6 posted 1626 days ago

I was able to gank the dimension off of TreeFrogFurniture.Blogspot.com to make the lamp table. Here’s the grid layout for both that will take care of the difficult part. Good luck and keep us posted.

http://treefrogfurniture.blogspot.com/2009/05/limbert-tables-in-sketchup.html

The fern stand is considerably more delicate than the lamp table. The good news is that once you make the template/jig, you can crank out as many as you want.

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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Shopsmithtom

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#7 posted 1626 days ago

thanks. I’ll keep you posted.

-- Accuracy is not in your power tool, it's in you

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