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Project by ChicagoGlen posted 2113 days ago 3470 views 4 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just finished this table last week. It is a QSWO table that I decided to do a fumed finish on. The table is all mortice and tennon and through mortice and tennon construction. This is my first attempt at making the legs quarter sawn on all four sides by shop veneering them. Also a first with the fuming process. I fumed it with 29% Industrial ammonia for 26 hours in the tent pictured. I then used a dye to even out the color, followed by thinned amber shellac, and then wipe on poly.

The table is a larger version of my first project. The top is 28” by 45”.





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mtnwild

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#1 posted 2113 days ago

Don’t know what that fumed is, will look it up. The project looks great!

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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ChicagoGlen

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#2 posted 2113 days ago

Fuming is a process that was used buy Gustav Stickley back in the early 1900’s. It is the act of releasing ammonia fumes around oak. Oak has natural tannons in it that darken when exposed to ammonia. They learned this from seeing horse stalls in barns darken from the ammonia released in horse urine.

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woodworm

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#3 posted 2113 days ago

Beautiful table, beautiful wood. Great work.
One question : can we use cleaning soda for wood fuming? (ammonia is difficult to find at my place)

Thanks for sharing with us.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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ChicagoGlen

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#4 posted 2113 days ago

Not sure. Never heard of cleaning soda. I heard you could use regular household ammonia for fuming but I tried it and after 4 day’s in the tent the color was not theat much darker. I purcahsed the ammonia from artchemicals.com and it is the strong 29% stuff.

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woodworm

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#5 posted 2113 days ago

Thanks for the art store’s name.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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mtnwild

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#6 posted 2113 days ago

Thanks for that, very cool. The wood does look great that way. Probably have seen lots of it and never knew.

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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Dusty56

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#7 posted 2113 days ago

I would love to see that table top in better lighting conditions …the lower shelf ilooks fantastic and I see you went with QS instead of flatsawn this time around : ) Did you happen to take any before and after fuming pix ?

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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brianinpa

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#8 posted 2113 days ago

Beautiful table. I had never heard of the fuming before but I will have to learn some more an try it some time.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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Betsy

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#9 posted 2113 days ago

Really nice looking table. I’ve wanted to try fuming but have not had a chance to try it. This makes me want to get a tent made!

-- Like a bad penny, I keep coming back!

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jockmike2

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#10 posted 2112 days ago

Very beautiful table. Nice job on the QSWO.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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pashley

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#11 posted 2112 days ago

That ray flake really popped. I ought to experiment more with fuming….

-- Have a blessed day! http://newmissionworkshop.com

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RoccoPeterbilt

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#12 posted 2043 days ago

I tried fuming with regular household ammonia once too, but I was trying to fume Cherry. I needed to ‘age’ a part to match an existing piece. It didn’t seem to work all that great (I didn’t know it was a process only for oak) but when the piece fell into the bowl of ammonia I got some interesting colors. If I remember right the piece rotted in short order following that fiasco.

-- Junk is junk, at any cost.

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