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Church pews project #5: finishing coffee table

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Blog entry by inchanga posted 542 days ago 1836 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The coffee table base was given four coats of oil before glue up and assembly. The photo shows the use of pocket hole screws in place of clamps. Given multiple dowels, reinforced with screws and good quality glue, there is no reason why this assembly should not last 160 years like the original pews. It will certainly outlast me…....

I sanded the top through the grades up to 240 grit and it is shown with the first coat of finishing oil applied.

At the moment my intention is to apply five or six coats of oil and a couple of coats of paste wax. Any comments on the intended finish would be appreciated. For example I know some LJ’s put laquer or poly varnish over oil and I would be interested in hearing about the results they achieved especially on pitch pine.

Looking forward to finishing the coffee table and starting on the dining table during the next few days.

-- chris, north wales http://salemchapelfurniture.co.uk/



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#1 posted 542 days ago

great looking coffee table.
my last project was a couple night stands built out of pine that i finished with danish oil and used wipe on poly 2 coats of each.probably should have done three but it turned out great.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#2 posted 542 days ago

in the blog forum jsb did a video on finishing pine with amber shellac and top coating with poly,it turned out very nice.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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