|Project by HappyHowie||posted 12-13-2015 09:18 AM||1080 views||0 times favorited||7 comments|
I was making an end table with a nice board of red oak. This was going to be for myself when my wife suggested that I make eight more for Christmas presents. So the next day I went to my favorite hardwood store to buy rough sawn lumber. The legs and aprons were going to be made from poplar. I would stain them with gel Java. Then each top would be different selected hardwoods. I bought the following: Persian Walnut, American Black Walnut, Curly Maple, Hard Maple, Soft Maple, and several Cherry boards to go with my already in progress red oak end table.
I had a deadline to meet since we were going to the Northwest in three weeks to visit family and to see our new grandson. I would assemble these six end tables in my youngest son’s garage. Final coats of spray finish would also be applied there.
The photos here are of the several different hardwood types. When I find my photo of the Persian Walnut, I will substitute its photo for one of those already published with this note.
You may be able to pick the curly maple top. It has highly figure grain. I finished it with Tung Oil in order to retain the woods natural light colored wood. The rest of the hardwood tops I finished with natural Danish Oil and then several spray coats of lacquer. The legs and aprons I finished with spray spar polyurethane.
-- --- Happy Howie