|Project by Rb12||posted 03-13-2015 01:37 PM||1451 views||2 times favorited||13 comments|
Federal Style End Table I made for my wife for our bedroom in between two chairs. This was my first attempt doing flowers, fans and sand shading in the federal style. I made all the banding and veneers myself including the heart in the middle.
Sand shading was interesting. I used a Coleman camp stove running on propane as opposed to a hot plate, the sand was just kids play sand (as I had it on hand) and I used and old p.o.s. stainless steel 8” fry pan to hold the sand. It only took about 20 min to get to a good temp; and the fan blades only needed 10-12 seconds of time in the sand. Next time I would work in deeper sand to better control the temperature. Still, cool process and cool effect; I didn’t realize how much the wood would “shrink” and how the points became prone to breaking. I had chissled out the areas in which the fan would sit before sand shading them, so the spots, while perfect to start, were too large in the end, so I modified with a starburst pattern in the corners.
Anyway, table is walnut, inlays are maple except for the heart which is red heart. Finish is 2 coats of Danish Oil, 2 coats shellac and one coat spar urethane on the top with 0000 steel wool in between. really happy with the finish, the pics don’t do enough justice to how well the walnut grain came out.