|Project by jrhannegan||posted 07-18-2015 05:11 PM||2858 views||18 times favorited||21 comments|
Back toward the beginning of this year I was on asking about what type of finish to put on curly oak. Well, after about six months of figuring things out, learning the hard way, and a lot of help from friends I finally finished the coffee table.
The tabletop and lower shelf are curly/figured white oak inlaid with strips of bubinga. I used a router and straight edge for the inlay. After gluing up the sections, I took it to a shop with massive sanding machine to make it flat to avoid tear outs.
The finish is a coat of linseed out cut 50/50 with turpentine to give it that wet look. Then I did two coats of clear shellac. I don’t know if it is just me, but the shellac seemed to give more reflective shimmer to the wavy fibers. Then I finished with three coats of spar varnish. I tried to do a hand rubbed finish after it cured, but the wavy parts of the wood expanded just high enough that the top coat wore through at those points. And so, it got a fourth coat of well strained spar varnish, and I didn’t touch it after that.
The legs are two pieces glued together since I couldn’t find any 9/4 white oak for sale and I wanted 2” legs. The frame is angle iron and wrought iron that I forged. I attached the top to the frame with cut down hanger bolts. Of course, I cut the holes in the frame wide enough for expansion and contraction, and I left the nuts loose enough to slide.