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....