This is the final post for my Veneered Sofa Table project. It is finally finished, the weekend before Christmas.
In my last post, I had finished staining the non veneered portions of the table using General Finishes Light Walnut Oil Stain. The only reason that I stained the mahogany was to match an existing piece.
Next step was to attached the table top. I was out of figure 8 clips so I created home made fasteners by drilling a pocket screw into a wooden tab and then drilling an oversize hole to attach the side of the table. This way I can screw the tab into the table top but the oversize screw hole connecting to the table side will allow for wood movement.
Drill a series of pocket hole screws into a piece of plywood and then cut into 2” wide tabs.
I am using #8 screws for the sides, so I drill a #12 hole.
I lay the table top on the floor, measure the offset on the sides, position the base into position and screw the table to the base.
With table top firmly attached, I set up my outdoor spraying station (a bit of plastic and some painter’s pyramids). Since I live in Florida and we are experiencing a mild winter (mid 70s), it seemed like a good day to try spraying for the first time. Andy Charon’s book on spray finishing suggests that it is ok to spray as long as the dew point and the temperature are not more than 20 degs apart. Quick check on TBO.com and we are good to go.
After watching the Charles Niel finishing series, I spent a hour or so spraying food coloring and water onto cardboard to get a feel for my HVLP spray gun. I then mixed Deft Brushing Lacquer 50/50 with Lacquer Thinner, put on my canister filter mask and set off to do my first coat (they tell you that you should not thin the mixture … this is because it would increase VOC content above California’s standards, not because it won’t work).
It worked pretty well. So I sprayed 5 more, waiting 20-25 minutes between coats.
I waited a week and then used 600 grit wet sand paper to polish the finish to satin.
I then used 0000 steel wool and light paste wax because I like the feel of a waxed top.
And we are done and it is in place. Seems like a shame to hide all that work behind the sofa but my wife is happy so I am doing great.
Thank you for reading and I would appreciate any feedback on the project, blogging style etc …
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