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Refurb, Antique Walnut Table #6: It's Mahogany, Man! And it's Porous!

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Blog entry by Smitty_Cabinetshop posted 01-11-2013 10:46 PM 1570 reads 1 time favorited 36 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 5: A Serious Setback Part 6 of Refurb, Antique Walnut Table series Part 7: It's Mahogany, and it's Done! »

When I left this project it was sanded down and waiting on a product by the name of Timbermate, a wood filler product recommended by fellow LJ gfadvm. Why filler? Because scraping and sanding, followed by wiping varnish, looked like this:

So it sat like this until today.

I bought the mixing base, the mahogany filler, and the dark cherry stuff gfadvm recommended as one he uses to fill mahogany to a deeper, more natural-looking tone. Yeah, I know, cherry for more natural mahogany… but get on board, okay?

I thinned it down to a malted consistency, and spread it with a putty knife, first across the grain the with it to ensure coverage.

At this point I remembered the time I had a toothache and complained to my brother about it. He stomped on my foot, and I cried. Why did you do that?? It HURT!!

Well, you’re tooth doesn’t hurt anymore, does it??

Hah.

Well, the compound dried and looked scary… This all started with a split top, what the h*ll is going on??

Once dry, I sanded. And sanded a bit more. Then I got the top to a point that it seemed to make sense, the look of what was going on between wood and residual filler. Took it back into the shop and applied my super-secret 3-2-1 formula, made up super-special for just this project. And here are a couple pictures of the ‘wet’ table. The first for a wider shot, the second that is a more reflective of the actual color of the table.

I LOVE IT! More to come when it goes final, but Thank You to gfadvm, and all the LJs that offered support. Off to finish, cya!!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive



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ShaneA

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#1 posted 01-11-2013 10:59 PM

looks like progress. tense moments on this one.

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Brit

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#2 posted 01-11-2013 11:15 PM

Been there, done that. Pink ain’t it?

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#3 posted 01-11-2013 11:47 PM

Frighteningly so, Andy…

Shane, it’s definitely progress. I can see it’s been an old table; not too much sanding that the character is gone. The white pores, on the other hand, are gone. This is looking good, I’ll head back over to the shop in a few to see how it looks with the first coat ‘dry.’

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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#4 posted 01-12-2013 12:10 AM

Nice Smitty. It looks great.

-- It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe. - Muhammad Ali

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#5 posted 01-12-2013 12:23 AM

Good stuff Smitt.You’re learning finishing bud.

-- I don't drive a Prius.

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#6 posted 01-12-2013 12:29 AM

You guys are too kind. You’d tell me if it sucked, right?

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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#7 posted 01-12-2013 12:35 AM

Probably…but the good news is, it doesn’t. Plus I am trying to learn vicariously. Finishing is a mystery for me.

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#8 posted 01-12-2013 12:39 AM

It is a HUGE improvement over the color at the top of the post… I get past three coats and I’ve very encouraged… Thanks, Shane. This is radically new territory for me, too.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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#9 posted 01-12-2013 12:40 AM

Well, if you really want honesty, I preferred this look. Sorry.

-- It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe. - Muhammad Ali

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#10 posted 01-12-2013 12:46 AM

I’ll send you the stuff so you can fix that chop of yours…

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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#11 posted 01-12-2013 01:22 AM

I probably wouldn’t say it sucked, but I wouldn’t stop back either. Looks good so far. What took you so long?

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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lysdexic

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#12 posted 01-12-2013 01:30 AM

Ouch! I am like so angry with you right now. I am not talking to you ever again.

-- It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe. - Muhammad Ali

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#13 posted 01-12-2013 01:32 AM

Your kids said you use emoticons too much? How do you know that!? I mean, someone help me out here :^)

-- It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe. - Muhammad Ali

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#14 posted 01-12-2013 01:53 AM

Pink, whoda thunk?

Looking good, Smitty.

-- "The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money." Alexis de Tocqueville, 1835

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#15 posted 01-12-2013 02:23 AM

Whew! That’s a relief. I was hanging out there if this didn’t work. I never used any of the “mixing base” so know nothing about it???? Hope you will be pleased with the final result. Looks good to me.

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

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