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Project by Pitt posted 06-13-2009 02:53 AM 1630 views 6 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A coffee table for one of my daughters. Cherry with maple/walnut accent. The finish gave my trouble, but settled on one coat of Tried and True Varnish Oil followed by 5 coats of Behlen’s rockhard varnish (rubbed) and a coat of wax

The legs seem a little thick to me – any suggestions are welcome.





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PGreene

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#1 posted 06-13-2009 02:59 AM

I really like the shape of the top and the skirt. I don’t think the legs are too thick, I just think you mave have gone a little too far with the taper. Overall though I don’t even look at the legs because of the amazing look of the top. Great job!

-- Patrick

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FrankLad

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#2 posted 06-13-2009 03:03 AM

The whole thing looks really sturdy, and I like the sheen on the surface. I really like the maple/walnut accent!

Did you have any issues with the Tried and True regarding drying time / tackiness? It is a varnish I’ve wanted to try, but read that it can be tricky.

-- Frank, Mississippi, Handcrafted wooden rings - http://www.bentwoodrings.com

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flcopper169

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#3 posted 06-13-2009 03:13 AM

Beautiful table…Great job… Leave the legs alone…LOL… Your daughter will love it…

-- Happy and safe woodworking, Flcopper169@aol.com

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Pitt

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#4 posted 06-13-2009 03:13 AM

Thanks very much. I really like tried and true. – primarily b/c I have no trouble with fumes and it forces me to be a little more patient with my finishing (see below). It does take longer to cure and I seem to do better with rubbed finishes than brushed finishes at this stage. I had a lot more trouble with the varnish, and ended up sanding this one back down to bare wood after about 5 coats of T&T and 2 coats of brushed on varnish.

My biggest problem with finishing is that I want to “finish the project”. This doesn’t lead to a good outcome in most cases, and waiting a couple of days between coats makes me take a step back and put as much thought into the finish as I do into the building. As a rookie I’m learning that the finishing makes a bigger impact on the outcome than all the measuring and cutting.

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woodnut

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#5 posted 06-13-2009 03:29 AM

Great project. Great craftsmanship and as others have said the top is outstanding.

-- F.Little

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Brad_Nailor

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#6 posted 06-13-2009 04:27 AM

I think you really got the proportions right with this table. I love the pinstripe accent…I do that allot in my work! The legs are beefy but in a good way not a bad way. I really like it. What kind of joinery did you use to connect the apron to the legs?
You have to be patient when finishing, I have found. Whenever you rush it or are anxious to “finish” then thats when you make mistakes and it doesn’t come out as nice…

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a1Jim

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#7 posted 06-13-2009 04:32 AM

Hey Pitt
This is one nice table I really like the accents, great design and fine build well done.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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CharlieM1958

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#8 posted 06-13-2009 04:47 AM

Great table! I love the accents on the top.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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Bovine

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#9 posted 06-13-2009 08:00 AM

I’m with PGreene, I don’t think the legs are too thick at all. I like the curved edges of the ends of the top. Is the arc of the skirt sides and the ends of the top the same?

-- Kansas City, KS "Nothing is as permanent as a temporary solution"

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Todd Thomas

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#10 posted 06-13-2009 12:28 PM

table looks great… really like the top shape and accent…I think the legs look fine and they really make it look solid/sturdy

-- Todd, Oak Ridge, TN, Hello my name is Todd and I'm a Toolholic, I bought my last tool 10 days, no 4 days, oh heck I bought a tool on the way here! †

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CreekWoodworker

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#11 posted 06-13-2009 02:10 PM

Nice looking Table. The legs look great.

-- Mike ...Success is often the result of taking a misstep in the right direction

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MsDebbieP

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#12 posted 06-13-2009 02:20 PM

that is so beautiful!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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Mark Davisson

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#13 posted 06-13-2009 04:29 PM

Here’s my suggestion: GET OVER IT!!! The table looks great as-is! :)

-- I'm selfless because it feels so good!

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Beginningwoodworker

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#14 posted 06-13-2009 05:14 PM

Nice looking coffee table.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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