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Veneered Sofa Table #7: More fun with finishing

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Blog entry by SPHinTampa posted 12-07-2011 01:14 AM 1864 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 6: Experimenting with Veneer Finishes Part 7 of Veneered Sofa Table series Part 8: Making the top »

I appreciate the input from a number of folks about potential finishing methods. I tried a few and settled on a final choice.

I started out trying to find a finish that would retain the natural look of the bubinga without significantly changing the color. Unfortunately I failed.

I used a scraper to level my last two test boards and then sanded the surface with 320 followed by 400 grit.

Tried one side with aerosol spray lacquer – 3 coats

and one side with pure tung oil (rockler) thinned 50/50 with mineral spirits – 3 coats

I wanted to do a shellac test as well but I did not have any clear shellac on hand.

I let both samples dry for 48 hours and what I discovered is that some of red color that seemed to be lost when the oil was initially applied seemed to come back later on the tung oil test board.

So I did a larger test with both samples.

I did not like the lacquer alone.

I did like the tung oil.

So I went with 3 coats tung oil (coat 1 thinned with equal amount mineral spirits, wait 24 hours, second coat full strength, wait 24 hours, final coat, full strength). Waited 4 days and then applied a coat of water based lacquer (will add a 2-3 more at end). This is the final results I got.

BTW … thank you to all the jocks that contributed finishing input to the attached forum entry on finishing (please ignore the garbage spill over from the NSF) ... ””How do I get the grain back?””:http://http://lumberjocks.com/topics/32004

Next step … adding a top to my base.

-- Shawn, I ask in order to learn



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chrisstef

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#1 posted 12-07-2011 02:17 AM

Spectacular piece of bubinga you have there and an equally nice finishing job. I applaud your patience.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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Eric in central Florida

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#2 posted 12-07-2011 03:12 AM

wow, it almost looks like swirling liquid!
Nice work.

-- All glory comes from daring to begin.

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gfadvm

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#3 posted 12-07-2011 04:19 AM

Your patience and persistacce paid off. That is beautiful wood with a great finish!

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

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#4 posted 12-09-2011 03:41 PM

fantastic!!! wow, what a poppin grain

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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