|Project by Steve||posted 03-19-2016 07:28 PM||680 views||0 times favorited||1 comment|
Over the holidays, I wanted to make an end table to match our slab walnut coffee table. My company makes Swamp Ash electric guitar body blanks and we keep the cut-offs so I went through a pallet to find a slab that had the rough dimensions of the table we wanted, 2” x 20” x 30”.
We sent the slab through the planer/sander at 1 15/16” and it cleaned up nicely on both sides. The slab had more flat surface area on the best face but after starting the project I thought the back face more interesting character, so we went with it.
The live edges had bark and moss. I wanted to keep as much as possible provided it would stay intact. I took very fine steel wood and knocked of any loose stuff. Next, I hit the ends, sides and barky areas with several coats of shellac to seal.
Using Watco Danish Oil Dark Walnut finish, I applied about 8-10 coats, sanding between each with increasing grit sandpaper and finally steel wool. I was not happy with the uniformity of the finish until we got down to the steel wool coats. Then it really came together, in my opinion.
Final step was to add black hairpin legs that I re-purposed from a table kit.
Project done & wife happy!