Alex's Coffee Table Build Off #4: The finishing line!

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Blog entry by Nitreug posted 11-17-2014 12:05 AM 1187 reads 2 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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In my last entry, I finished by attaching the top as you can see in this picture:

Before I attached the top, I roughly cut the end of the leg to size so I then had to blend the top and legs into one table.

I used my spokeshave to create round-over where the route couldn’t reach. I used chisels to cut the bulk of the tenon and I then used rasps to blend everything together. Finally, I had to sand the entire table. Thankfully, I had access to a pneumatic sander which is a beast compared to my 5 inch random orbit sander.

Finally, it was finishing time. I used watco spray lacquer (in a spray can). I don’t have an HVLP system so the spray cans were an easy alternative. I chose lacquer to avoid adding too much color. I wanted from the start to stay as natural as possible and to add focus on the design. Lacquer fit the bill. I may buy an HVLP in the future since I quite enjoyed using lacquer. I don’t have many pictures but let’s face it, finishing is not where you’ll take woodworking-hero shots.

Before entering the finishing room:

In the finishing room:

I will post hero shots in a upcoming project entry. I hope you enjoyed reading about my build. Feel free to ask questions and provide feedback (both positive and negative).

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#1 posted 11-21-2014 08:11 PM

Love the design; love the execution…

Nice, Nice Table!

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#2 posted 11-21-2014 11:08 PM

Thanks! I’m glad you enjoyed reading about this build!

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