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An 18” Coffee table I’m making for my mom. One more coat of stain and then some shlacking. Not perfect but not too bad…

-- Jay

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#1 posted 11-10-2015 05:17 PM

Looks pretty nice to me Jay. I’m sure Mom will be pleased. Well done.

-- Mark

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#2 posted 11-10-2015 05:36 PM

Thanks! I’m not a finishing expert, so I’m still trying to figure out what to use as a final coating that will harden it a bit and give it a bit of sheen. I use the term “Shlack” loosely here because I don’t know what I should say or use. Polyurethane? Tru Oil? Shlack? I hate being a beginner, but I guess you have to start somewhere…LOL

-- Jay

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#3 posted 11-10-2015 06:56 PM

Nice table. I get the whole novice thing. I’m not always sure of the right way to do things yet either. I got the bug last winter but had to close up my shop during the summer. Can’t wait to open it back up in a few weeks. Looking forward to more projects from you :)

-- Marty, Ohio

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#4 posted 11-10-2015 07:23 PM

Nice rustic, rough style.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#5 posted 11-11-2015 02:15 AM

very nice table I just finished one very similar myself. Keep up the good work.

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#6 posted 11-11-2015 02:19 AM

Nice job.

Welcome to Lumberjocks

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#7 posted 11-11-2015 01:55 PM

Jay, try Watco Lacquer. It’s been very forgiving for me. I can build most things I set my mind to, but the finishing is my Achilles also. I really like the lacquered finish look and feel. Plus it seems to have held up very well throughout the house so far.

-- Phillip- Measure twice, cut onc.... Hey look, it's rustic.

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#8 posted 11-11-2015 02:11 PM

Nice Coffee table Jay!
I know your mom will love having anything you make for her.

When I put the finish on a project I almost always use a Behlen sanding sealer after the stain dries overnight. Sand very-very lightly (being careful not to break through the sealer) with 300 grit SP. (The sealer coats the tiny wood fibers so they can be cut off smooth with very light sanding)
This will give your final finish a smoother surface for you final finish to “level” out on…..for a much smother final finish.

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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