Outdoor Dining table #8: Finishing Started on Bottom, almost done.

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Blog entry by Ken90712 posted 04-17-2012 02:48 PM 10505 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 7: Inlays are in and sanding has started!!!! Ughh. Part 8 of Outdoor Dining table series Part 9: Our Outdoor Table is finished!!! »

Thx everyone for all the great comments. Everyone’s advice and questions are taken in a good way! 99.9% of us Lumberjocks are here to learn and help one another so no offense is ever taken.
I bought a portable spray booth to fix my dust issues when finishing projects, here is that post if interested.

I received a cpl e mails asking where I have been which was very nice, Thx. Blondie made me take a Vacation. It was nice to get away and she insisted NO I-Phone or Laptop for 10 days while in Cancun. When we returned it was raining for a few days, so not the most ideal conditions for finishing. We needed it though.

The table pretty much takes up all the room in this new portable booth. Being that granite is going in the middle there is an opening for me to work. I crawl in and then apply the finish. I will be putting an exhaust fan with filter once I find one. I do use a professional mask as well, ( THX justoneofme ). It has 2 plastic windows no screens. This is where I bought it.

The finish I’m applying on the table is Epifanes from Holland. It seems to have the highest UV protection and the boat owners I’ve talked too, swear by it. The manufacturer recommends, only brushing it on and spraying the last coat if I want to. I’m doing the bottom of the table first to learn how it reacts and how things go. The pics aren’t the greatest because of the bright light I have in there sorry.

The pics are after the 2nd coat. 1st coat is cut 50/50 , 2nd coat 25% 3rd 15% and rest 5%. Some light sanding in between coats. I’m impressed so far after the 2nd coat. I’m putting 3 coats on the bottom and 5 or 6 on the top. We live in Southern California so lots of sun light but it is under a covered patio with 2 open walls.

We’re getting close thank goodness! LOL

Again thx everyone!

—Ken, “Everyday above ground is a good day!”

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#1 posted 04-17-2012 02:58 PM



I can’t believe how the finish is bringing up the color and the grain. Once the granite is in place this is going to be the center piece of the outdoor space!!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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Joe Lyddon

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#2 posted 04-17-2012 04:14 PM

Glad you had a NICE vacation!

You have to get away and Charge the Ole Batteries once in awhile! Glad you’re back!


Good idea to tackle the bottom first!

Thank you.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#3 posted 04-17-2012 04:24 PM

Really great job, Ken.


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#4 posted 04-17-2012 04:57 PM

Looking good Ken. I can vouch for the Ephifines it’s great stuff. Close to three years ago I used it on our balcony screen doors. Even the spots that I went to thin on still look good.
I’m looking forward got the final pic of your table.
Take care

-- If you want it and it's within reason... It's on it's way!

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#5 posted 04-17-2012 04:58 PM

I agree, the grain just stands out with that finish. I was wondering what color the granite insert is?
thanks Don

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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#6 posted 04-17-2012 08:54 PM

Looks great so far.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#7 posted 04-18-2012 01:06 AM

Your table is looking great! That finish has nothing but good reviews that I can find. The grain is certainly spectacular and should look great with the granite. Can’t wait to see the final pics.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#8 posted 04-18-2012 11:46 AM

Nice job. I enjoy the blog.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#9 posted 04-18-2012 12:28 PM

There will be some super meals served up on this, very soon.. Beautiful project,

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#10 posted 04-20-2012 04:27 AM

What a gorgeous outdoor table that is going to be, Ken!

Good thing you had the centre well to stand in while applying the finish, otherwise would have been a tight squeeze, eh?! The future fan setup sounds like a very wise decision … all for the sake of protecting your lungs. Glad to hear you’re already smart enough to wear a professional mask. It’s surprising how many don’t!!

I bet you can’t wait to get that sweet looking table set up for summer entertaining!

-- Elaine in Duncan

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