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Project by DynaBlue posted 1587 days ago 1342 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a coffee table that I built over the past 2 months working on and off. I was aiming for something in between Arts and Crafts and Modern to accommodate the customer’s wishes.

It’s solid cherry, 34 7/8” around (don’t ask why it isn’t 36”) and 18” tall. The finish is sanded BLO topped with 2 coats of Rockler Wundercote Gloss and one of of Semi-gloss. The finish was sanded between coats with 320, the final coat was flattened out with 0000 steel wool. The final layer is furniture paste wax scrubbed in with steel wool, buffed out with a rough towel and ‘debuffed’ with steel wool as the customer didn’t want a mirror shine surface. The top and bottom surfaces are held on with 8 #12 wood screws through the stretchers with expansion slots for cross grain.

I would have preferred a no-film finish but coffee tables get glasses set upon them and the lady told me her husband is one of the biggest offenders. I tested some cherry scraps topped with the Wundercote and over the course of several weeks using them as coasters there are still no water rings, even after leaving a cold, sweating glass on there all night. The table should hold up okay and the Wundercote didn’t leave too much of a film, certainly less than I’ve gotten with similar layers of wipe on poly.

My wife wants to keep the table so I guess I’ll have to build her another one similar to it, I’ll see what kind of price I can negotiate for that!

Thanks for looking,

Blue

-- Mistake? No, that's just an unexpected design opportunity....





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Beginningwoodworker

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#1 posted 1587 days ago

Nice coffee table.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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HeirloomWoodworking

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#2 posted 1587 days ago

I had been wondering how your build was progressing on this table, after viewing the first few installments of your blog.

It looks great! The design is very pleasing and I love the finish on the cherry! Congrats on your wonderful project.

Thanks for sharing and good luck in the negotiations
Trev

-- Trevor Premer Head Termite and Servant to the Queen - Heirloom Woodworking

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Scott Bryan

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#3 posted 1587 days ago

This is a really nice looking table. It has a nice design to it and you did a good job on the cherry.

Good luck on the “commission” from your wife. I have tried that a few times and, since this is a family oriented site, I can’t repeat the responses I got. :)

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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stefang

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#4 posted 1587 days ago

It’s a beauty. You are in an enviable negotiating situation with your wife wanting a table like it. I hope you don’t blow it. I know what you mean about applying finish in damp/cold weather. It’s so humid here right now that a spray lacquer job I did 12 hours ago is still tacky. And normally it would be dry in one hour. And that’s in my heated and insulated shop! I had hoped to spray 3 coats today and wound up with only one.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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