Butcher Block Kitchen Table #10: Base Frame Done

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Blog entry by Jimi_C posted 08-09-2010 02:35 AM 2778 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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I did 3 coats of poly on the legs/aprons, and 5 on the lower shelf. Overall, I’m pretty happy with it, though I did not sand the bottom shelf as well as I should have. I got antsy wanting to get it all together and thought I had sanded enough, though really all I did was clean up the joints between the boards – so the machine ripples are still evident at the right lighting angle.

But, for the first thing I’ve ever designed, built, and finished from scratch I think it’s not too bad. The one question I had for the pros is: should I take some 0000 steel wool to it and then buff it out with wax? I’ve read that doing wax over poly is not generally recommended, but some sites say it’s ok. Right now it’s at a semi-gloss sheen, which I kind of like, so I don’t know if I’d want to take it down to a satin finish with wax anyway.

So, now that the main finishing is done, it’s time to start milling all the wood for the butcher block top…

-- The difference between being defeated and admitting defeat is what makes all the difference in the world - Upton Sinclair, "The Jungle"

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#1 posted 08-09-2010 02:46 AM

looks great. as for buffing it out – if you are happy with the way it looks – why bother put in the extra work to change the way it looks? it really boils down to the look – and if you are satisfied with the look – it’s done!

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