|Project by pauls||posted 04-04-2010 05:56 PM||1776 views||2 times favorited||11 comments|
I just finished making this new counter top out of Jatoba, Birch, Walnut, and Cherry. The face trim is Oak.
It was my first experience making something like this and was quite a learning experience including a major lesson in finishing. I had been hesitant in reading books and articles about finishing because it seemed to be a very complex topic so I fignured I would not worry about it and just stick with a tung oil finish and/or pure tung oil for all my projects. This worked very well for me (mostly made boxes) until this project. After I finished it with thinned pure tung oil it looked great at first and then after a few days I had a MAJOR splotching issue and it turned a very dull/dirty amber. So after reading Taunton’s Guide to Finishing by Jeff Jewitt, and getting some advise from Lumberjocks member Tbone and going to Jeff’s forum at http://www.homesteadfinishingproducts.com, I sanded it back down to bare wood, did a sealcoat and did 4 layers of a waterborne polyacrylic topcoat. I left the oak in tung oil because it still looked good and it matched our hardwood floor. It was a hard lesson but I now feel a lot more confident in selecting and applying a finish on future projects. I spent so much time learning all the woodworking skliis only to discover there is a reason it is called “finishing’!
-- PS. "Argue for your limitations and sure enough, they're yours." R. Bach