I was able to successfully refinish my boo boos on the breadboard ends. I also sanded the leaves and finished them at the same time. The ends had a bit more stain to start with (from the previous finish), but they both came out looking great. I’m really glad I learned my lesson on shellac. BTW, it did a bit of redistributing of the aniline dye, so I had to quickly blend/tip it before it got tacky. I missed a couple of spots on one leaf but was able to blend it in with the gel stain. Only I’ll know why that splotch is there. The grain really shows through nicely if you rub the gel stain out with a clean cloth. If the cloth gets saturated, it stays a bit muddy looking.
^ The differential you see in the photo is partly flash, but mostly the light fixture above the table. The real look is somewhere in between the overexposed grain on the right and the dark grain on the left. It looks really good under our mica dining lamp. I will be replacing that ASAP.
I used my random orbital sander to remove the faulty finish. I didn’t realize until I made the Limbert lamp table that the ROS creates so many swirls in the wood. It’s actually pretty inconvenient and relatively difficult to remove. I increased grit a couple of times, then used a cabinet scraper to get it all out. Geesh…
So, I’ll be putting on several coats of a water-based urethane that’s originally intended for marine use, but will make a bullet-proof (and more importantly water-proof) finish. I used it on my old dining table, and you have to hit it with a hammer to ding it. The manufacturer says they use it on gymnasium floors. Good enough for me. I hate having to worry about coasters, especially at the dinner table.
After that, it’s time to start working on the base. I’ll probably bust out my new 45* lock miter bit and make some 4” x 4” legs. I used up a lot of extra lumber making the expansion stuff and the leaves, so I might have to run back over to Plywood and Lumber Supply to get a bit more QSWO. I’m actually pretty happy with my decision to go with the Rodel design. I just need to make sure there’s room to tuck your feet in under the ends.
-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails