|Project by tbone||posted 03-15-2010 06:58 AM||3722 views||29 times favorited||22 comments|
I just finished this table for my son. It’s heavily borrowed from a photo he saw in a furniture catalog.
The things I learned from this project are the wedged tenons, the fretwork, the small cutouts in the legs, and using methods of coloring other that fuming.
The color needed to be a little darker than the Stickley fuming method I have used before. That led me to Transfast tints, and also darkening the pure tung oil with a little bit of roofing tar. Wax finishes it off.
It’s all QSWO except for the tenon wedges, which I made from some ebony I had lying around. It’s a subtle detail and I like how it turned out.
The fretwork at the bottom shelf was time consuming, but necessary to the piece—as well as being a good test of my patience!
The ‘tic-tac-toe’ cutouts were done with a plunge router and a crude router jig. The corners squared by hand.
If I had to do anything over again, it would be to try to find a tint that mixes with oil. The Transfast tints mix with water and it raised the grain more than I thought it would. That led to more sanding than I care to do.
Anyway, it was a fun project that taught me a few new woodworking techniques—and that’s why I do any of this stuff.
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