The original maker of this table was much better at applying his time and talents on the side of the table a person can actually see, and left the underside rough cut. There were drips and runs from the original finish, and at some point in the past 70years the table was stored upside down as there were a few water spots and bird poop stains under there. I tried and tried to ignore it and kept telling myself that there was no reason to waste my time on the underside, but I just couldn’t let it go….and besides, I needed practice with using a hand plane. So, the underside of this table is going to be as finished as the top, I may be the only person who would ever care or notice, but since I’m doing the work cause I want to, I’m the one who I have to please in the first place right??!!! I have never used a hand plane before so it took some trial and error to figure out how to get nice ribbons of wood to peel off, but I think I got it working pretty good. Several more hours of sanding to go, and lots of Tung oil to rub in and this should be a beautiful piece of functioning wood art!
-- Juniper Canyon Design