|Project by Eh_Co||posted 04-04-2017 09:36 PM||342 views||0 times favorited||2 comments|
I recently purchased a 10 1/2’ x 3’, 2 1/2” thick slab of Douglas fur from a local vendor to complete 3 projects: A bar top table for a close friend, 2. a dining table for my family and 3. a bench to match the table.
The vendor was awesome enough to kiln dry, plane and cut this massive slab into the 3 required pieces.
Then the sanding…so much sanding. Starting with 50 grit, working my way to 120 with my belt sander.
I then filled all the cracks and knots with epoxy and smoothed everything with my belt sander and 120 grit paper. Worked great.
Then more sanding, now with my orbital sander and 220 grit to get it oh so smooth.
After sanding came the 3 coats of staining followed by 4 coats of a satin finish polyurethane, sanding in between each coat. I did 4 coats of urethane because the third coat I figured it would be smart to use a foam brush to give a nice smooth finish…yes a POROUS, SOFT, filled with bubble created holes brush, sigh…Lesson learned, use a natural bristle brush.
Now the legs. I used some threaded 1” threaded pipe for a nice industrial look.
For a total newbie with no real formal training, I am quite happy with how everything turned out. My friend is over the moon happy.
Now on to my table and bench…