|Project by Todd A. Clippinger||posted 09-24-2009 03:43 PM||5123 views||1 time favorited||16 comments|
The first 3 photos show the refinishing completed.
The last 3 photos show the tables in their faded and worn condition.
This is a refinishing project for a local coffee shop. The tables are a little over 5 years old and they sit in a coffee shop with floor to ceiling windows around the dining area. The customer wear and U.V. degradation has taken the color from it’s original reddish-brown to a golden oak.
The tables are made of quatersawn oak and were manufactured by a local furniture maker that I know. He did a very nice job in the original construction and finish of the tables. He still builds furniture on the side but he makes a better living (a much better living) as a regional manager for a large company.
I know the owners of the coffee shop due to my own frequent stops to purchase their stimulating brew and they are also the owners of one of my Shaker Benches. Being that I support them, they like to support me – I appreciate that.
They have 10 tables overall. Half are 24”x24” and the other half are 30”x30”. I take them one or two at a time, strip, and refinish them to the original color. The color is quite attractive really. It has orange undertones that highlight the quartersawn effect of the oak and the stain color is a reddish-brown with a hint of burgundy. (This is an earthy flavor with a hint of fruitiness that finishes out smooth… they also roast their own coffee.)
While I take possession of the tables for refinishing, they would be missing out on table space so I made what I call the “10 Hour Table.” This is a table that replaces the ones I take and I whipped it out in a day with material that I had on hand. It is made of poplar and is a bit soft for commercial use but good enough for a temporary table. The client asked me what I called the dark finish and I responded, “Java!”
The colors were achieved by starting with an orange dye and followed by a custom mixed BAC wiping stain from Sherwin Williams. The finish is M.L. Campbell’s Krystal. It is a catalyzed varnish that I have to mix as I use it. This finish wears like iron.
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-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com