Cherry Coffee Table #6: The Cranky Sailor Workshop - Ep 6

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Blog entry by DynaBlue posted 12-15-2009 08:58 PM 1130 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well, the day finally came, the table is finished!

I’ve spent the past 10 days working against chilly weather and damp rain in my quest for a nice finish. The customer didn’t want a mirror shine but instead wanted a semi-gloss, an effect I think came through nicely.

The table was finished with several coats of BLO sanded into the wood and topped off with 2 coats of Rockler’s Wundercote gloss and a final of Wundercote semi-gloss. Between coats the tops were sanded with 320 and the final coat was buffed with 0000 steel wool to achieve a uniform flatness. Minwax furniture paste wax was scrubbed in with steel wool, allowed to dry 10 minutes and buffed to a shine with rough shop towels then further ‘debuffed’ with a very light final scrub with the steel wool. My wife says there are baby’s who wish their butts were that smooth. Except for the picture show and a few hours of “suntanning” the finish I’m keeping it inside my house for two days to allow the finish and glue a final chance to cure and acclimatize the table to something other than the unheated/uninsulated garage/shop.

I apologize again for my photo skills. I took the pictures in full sun but the shadows still have a lot of digital noise in them; Hopefully they convey the real beauty of the wood. My wife pouted when she came home last night and saw the table sitting in our family room, not because she didn’t like the table but because it looks so perfect in the room and we’re going to have to give it a new home.

Thanks for reading and your patience with my protracted build time!


-- Mistake? No, that's just an unexpected design opportunity....

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#1 posted 12-15-2009 09:16 PM

Nice table Blue. I do have a bit of criticism. That candle on the table is probably real nice in real life, but in the photo it looked like a piece of rusty plumbing, and I wondered what in the world it was doing there. LOL. I know what you mean about fighting the weather to get a finish dry. I’m doing that right now with my latest project. I spray lacquered 7 hours ago and it’s still slightly tacky. at 70 degrees it’s supposed to dry in an hour! So here is another cranky (ex) sailor. Now I have to wait until tomorrow to spray the next coat and so on.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 12-15-2009 09:26 PM

Tusen Takk!

I suppose I could put a bit of rusty plumbing up there and go for the used, industrial look! :D

-- Mistake? No, that's just an unexpected design opportunity....

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#3 posted 12-16-2009 12:47 AM

That is a great looking table. I don’t blame your wife for pouting. Now that you are an “expert” in building a table like this how about doing another one for her?

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#4 posted 02-27-2010 07:23 AM

Nice looking table.

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