After the approval from my wife that the re-sizing of the table was good today I started the finishing process. I wont ramble to much on this one, just a few more pictures of the progress today. I decided to go with one of my favorite finishes and make it look more rustic and weathered. I will skip the picture of sanding just because im pretty sure nobody is interested in seeing all that anyhow…
So here I just finished applying my extremely dark tee mix. I used 4 black tee bags to about 2 cups of boiling water, not sure if it really makes a difference having 2 or 4 bags of tee but this is just how I do it.
Here Im in the middle of applying my vinegar and steel wool mix. I like to have a lot of this on hand at all times because for some reason I really love the look of it. I mix a half a gallon of white vinegar with 1 wad of 0000 steel wool and let it sit for a couple of weeks…usually I have some done in stages so its always ready.
This is about 30 minutes after the very wet coat of vinegar mix. You can see it is already starting to change color. I don’t know why but I can’t get enough of this stuff, I catch myself a lot just sitting smoking my cigarette and watching it change color.
The picture on this isn’t great, I moved the top outside to dry so I could work on a few other things in the shop. You can still see the grey-ness setting in. The one thing about doing this process it no knowing the final color as every type and grade of wood comes out differently.
So, That’s all for today. Tomorrow on goes the lacquer!
-- measure once, cut twice...swear repeatedly