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Project by Bravesst posted 05-08-2017 03:21 PM 406 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I needed a quick coffee table for my den, nothing fancy. This simple table is made from maple (base) and oak (legs and top). The top is actually 2 joined oak veneered stair treads. I made this mostly from left over stock (except step top), and was experimenting heavily with various shellacs (hence the orangey color). Again, I used all mortise and tenon joinery, including the bottom shelf. Not bad for under $100 to build.

-- If you love what you do, you'll never work a day in your life. - Marc Anthony





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RichTaylor

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#1 posted 05-08-2017 05:25 PM

It sounds like you have some real joinery skills. I think your shellac finish looks great. Practicing and experimenting with different finishes is a focus of mine lately too. It doesn’t do much good to build a flawless piece, if the finish is crappy.

Thanks for sharing and welcome to LJ.

-- No matter how much you push the envelope, it'll still be stationery.

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Bravesst

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#2 posted 05-09-2017 08:49 AM

Thanks for looking at my stuff. Shellac is awesome. The job here was done with dewaxed garnett shellac flakes, and a bit of wipe on varnish after the fact. The wipe on varnish I’ve been using is “Tried and True”, actually food grade, barely leaves a smell (just like shellac). It makes for a pleasurable finish experience.

-- If you love what you do, you'll never work a day in your life. - Marc Anthony

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#3 posted 05-09-2017 11:06 AM

Nice job. THe one thing is you’ll have to insist on coasters when the finish is shellac, if I understand correctly.

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RichTaylor

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#4 posted 05-09-2017 02:38 PM



Thanks for looking at my stuff. Shellac is awesome. The job here was done with dewaxed garnett shellac flakes, and a bit of wipe on varnish after the fact. The wipe on varnish I ve been using is “Tried and True”, actually food grade, barely leaves a smell (just like shellac). It makes for a pleasurable finish experience.

- Bravesst

Tried & True is awesome stuff. I got all three products to play around with and it’s amazing.

I also like shellac, and lacquer too, because they are so easy to work with. Years ago, I built a sofa table out of quarter-sawn cherry and sprayed countless coats of shellac. It was a thing of beauty. I couldn’t walk past it without dragging my fingers over it. One day my ex-wife lit a couple of votive candles in those little glass cups and apparently let them burn dry. I went to move them and the heat had melted the glass right down to the wood and when I popped them off, it took the shellac along.

-- No matter how much you push the envelope, it'll still be stationery.

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#5 posted 05-09-2017 10:53 PM

Very nice work!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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Bravesst

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#6 posted 05-10-2017 07:46 AM

Beside the 6 or 8 coats of dewaxed shellac (garnet), this table has a couple of coats of Tried and True varnish, as well as some paste wax. It should hold up pretty good, but there will be coasters!

-- If you love what you do, you'll never work a day in your life. - Marc Anthony

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