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Redwood Table #2: Staining

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Blog entry by WoodenSoldier posted 02-05-2013 06:44 AM 1390 reads 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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After some advice from other wise lumberjocks I decided to flatten the top by sanding it with my belt sander instead of trying to pull it flat with angle iron. It still has a very slight sag in the middle but it’s hardly noticeable and won’t affect the function of the table. I doubt the customer will ever notice unless they pour a glass of water into the middle of the table to see which direction it goes.

I sanded it to 220 and then went back and filled a couple small bubbles in with more epoxy. I’ve given up on getting every single one of the bubbles but I did get most of them filled in. Then I sanded it again.
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Then I put the first coat of conversion varnish on it using a sponge brush on the top. I tried doing the sides and in the crevices but I couldn’t get in there very well so I’ll have to spray those.

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The legs are made of poplar and I only sanded them to 120. I used a water-based GF white wash stain on them which I think came out pretty awesome. I was looking for something white that would still show the grain and I’m really happy with the result.
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My wife sketched the basic design of the legs and I used her sketch as inspiration. Some of the things that she put into the drawing would have made it really difficult to make and I had to be realistic.
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Since it was a water based stain and I need to go back over and it sand it again now that the stain raised the grain. Then I’ll spray a lacquer or something on it to give it a nice satin sheen and more protection.

Here’s a shot of the last dry fit I did before I started finishing it last night. I’m really happy about the way it’s turning out aside from a few small mistakes.

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Greg..the Cajun Box Sculptor

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#1 posted 02-05-2013 03:21 PM

Very nice…! I especially like the sculpting you did on the bases. It is differrent from the standard everyday legs and shows your creativeness….

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#2 posted 02-05-2013 04:04 PM

Wounderful work. The work you have done on the base is truely amazing.
Thank you!
Chris Mobley
www.cmobleydesigns.com

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