Greene and Greene Side table stand

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Project by ocwoodworker posted 05-31-2010 04:18 AM 1910 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A little cherry wood side table my wife saw in a Pottery Barn catalog. When I went to the hardwood store I had asked about controlling the blotching of cherry. They directed me to use a Minwax sealer. The only problem I had was THE SEALER WAS BLOTCHING THE WOOD!!! I was about ready to take the plunge and hope for the best when I saw Charles Neil’s Blotch Control. WOW! What a difference it made. I am sooooo glad I saw that video on YouTube. Ordered two cans. The only thing I could say on the con side is it doesn’t penetrate the wood like the oil Minwax does. If you sand too much in order to get rid of the raised grain you create areas of bare wood. The way around it that I found was to pre-raise the grain prior to adding his blotch control. This definitely cut down on the post-sanding procedure. Second, (if you bothered to read all the way down to this part) I added a Greene and Greene flare, because face it folks we are artists at heart and can’t help but make it a little more beautiful.

-- I'd like to believe Murphy's Law haunts my woodshop, because if it's Karma it would mean I had something to do with it. - K.R.

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#1 posted 05-31-2010 04:21 AM

wonderful table Kevin love the finish and the build.

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#2 posted 05-31-2010 04:26 AM

Love the finish on this piece.

-- ~Eagle America~ ~Woodcraft~

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#3 posted 05-31-2010 05:06 AM

Turned out nice, and learned a new technique to boot. I’ve seen some of Charles Neil’s stuff; he’s practical and knowledgeable.

-- ...there's a fix fer dat...

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#4 posted 05-31-2010 06:39 AM

Beautiful table, I love the color and finish looks great.

-- Luke 23: 42-43

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#5 posted 05-31-2010 04:16 PM

I believe the grain raised here because Minwax is oil based (as you listed), and the Charles Neil Blotch Control is water based.

Great little table, by the way. I’m sure your wife is pleased.

What was the final finish regimen after the blotch control?

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#6 posted 05-31-2010 11:32 PM

I used General Finish mahogany dye with two coats. Then I used General Finish High Gloss Poly and then took a #0000 steel wool to it to buff out the shine because it’s a side table after all, and it will show cup marks and finger prints if i didn’t. And why you may ask did I get a high gloss only to buff it out. Well, for two reasons. One is practical and the other taste. I had the high gloss on hand and the latter is that I like to control the amount of sheen. Thanx for commenting. This was my first “real” attempt at furniture making. (Wood shop stands and cabinets don’t count)

-- I'd like to believe Murphy's Law haunts my woodshop, because if it's Karma it would mean I had something to do with it. - K.R.

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#7 posted 06-01-2010 03:20 PM

Beautiful table, great job!!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#8 posted 10-13-2017 02:59 PM

This table is a real beauty.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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