|Project by DynaBlue||posted 12-15-2009 09:20 PM||2150 views||0 times favorited||4 comments|
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,
-- Mistake? No, that's just an unexpected design opportunity....