|Project by gridlockd||posted 03-26-2016 01:28 PM||544 views||0 times favorited||3 comments|
This is a cherry and walnut breakfast table top I made for my wife. our existing tabletop was a cheap laminate, and had seen better days due to years of use by our three kids. We wanted to replace the entire set, but after looking for a new one and talking it over, I actually stumbled upon the cherry at a local sawmill and immediately saw the potential.
top is about 1 1/4” thick, 28” x 36” radiused corners. the five pieces are biscuit joined and glued, alternating the grain to minimize bowing. this glue up was a lesson in proper clamping for me. I did not use any cauls to keep it all flat, so I had to spend quite a bit of time flattening the whole top after glue up. lesson learned!
I filled in the natural voids and cracks with colored epoxy. this was also a lesson learned. I filled and dug out these sections 3 times before getting the final product right. didn’t like the color the first 2 times. ended up using pour on epoxy coating, colored with a drop or two of blue and green acrylic paint and added some pearl powder to give some depth and swirl. (all of these are available at hobby lobby).
After all was filled, I sanded to 400 grit, and finished with a light hand sanding of 600 grit to really get the grain “pop”.
finish is pour on epoxy, which was another lesson learned. for the record, I HATE pouring epoxy! the end result is beautiful if you do everything perfect, but your conditions and prep must be flawless to get it right. I ended up having to pour a second coat, as i was not happy with the first. I learned a lot about the process along the way, and my second coat was not perfect, but turned out much better than the first. My wife is ecstatic about it, so i guess thats what counts.
Table turned out great, the wife loves it and that’s all that matters. I will be replacing the chair seats to coordinate with the tabletop. I won’t be using epoxy on them, as they will need to be more scratch resistant and tougher than the table top due to all the butts that will slide in and out of them!
Thanks for looking!