build log, a shop made rustic version of a " fine furniture coffee table" #9: day 5's conclusion of table top shaping

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Blog entry by hobby1 posted 07-17-2013 08:10 PM 1755 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This afternoon I was able to get a couple hours in, to start the shaping of the table top.

I started out by grinding the whole interior, to see how the grinding effect would work.

then I went with my sanding drum to do the primary shaping, and touched off with my grinder on the face side of the top edges.

then I applied the light color stain as a base coat, to the entire top including the edges.

then I went with the dark stain, first to the edges, put on with a brush and wiped it off, then I took this beat up old brush, that has its bristles mushroomed out, and dipped it in stain then blotted on the top especially at the glue joints, a little area at a time, then took a rag and dabbed it, to give the top a mottled effect, like a burl.

that’s all for todays progress, next I’ll permanently assemble it to its frame, I decided not to hinge the top, because I want to see how well this will sell on its own merits, without needing to add any extra features.

when I get it fully assembled and polyurethaned and buff the top, I’ll post the picture in the next blog entry.

have fun in the shop…

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#1 posted 07-17-2013 08:46 PM

I have been following this from the start and am blown away by your talent! This is turning out just beautiful. No one will ever believe it is all 2×4 pine. GREAT JOB!

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

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#2 posted 07-17-2013 09:05 PM

beautiful,great work.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#3 posted 07-18-2013 10:38 AM

The top came out great. I love the wonderful finish too. Perfect for the table base. An altogether brilliant project.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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