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Trestle Table #42: Selected a Finish and Applied First Coat

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Blog entry by HappyHowie posted 11-15-2016 12:59 AM 1058 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I decided to test a few finishes in order to determine which I will apply to this trestle table. I gathered some small cherry sample. I made a trip to my local big box store for a can of Boiled Linseed Oil (BLO) as well as a gallon can of denatured alcohol and an additional can of natural Watco Danish Oil. These new additions go along with my Zinsser Shellac Seal Coat sanding sealer.

My Annie picked the BLO for use on this table. She liked the darker finish as well as how it highlighted the grain in this cherry.

I setup my assembly table for ragging on the first coat. The images below show its affect . Cherry naturally darkens as it ages and is exposed to UV sunlight. The other furniture items I have in my home have all done so although they were finished with Danish Oil.

I had a knot on the underside of this table top. I decided to apply some amber Shellac. After I did that I decided to continue to apply the amber Shellac to entire underside. I won’t do that again with a brush. I will use my HVLP sprayer any time I want to apply Shellac. It was another learning moment. Although Shellac dries quickly I decided to remove the Shellac I just applied by using clean cloths with denatured alcohol. The small amounts of Shellac that remained was the correct amount I wanted on the surface. Later I covered this same surface with a coat of BLO.

The image below shows the top surface of the table top before applying any finish.

With the amber Shellac removed or thinned and a coat of BLO applied and wiped is what you see in the next image.

This last image shows the top surface of the table top with one coat of BLO with the parts also covered, then wiped with a clean cloth.

I will now wait 48 hours for this coat of BLO to dry before lightly sanding and applying a second coat of BLO.

-- --- Happy Howie



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