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Project by TheQueTip posted 08-04-2017 06:16 PM 759 views 4 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this end table to replace a very old table that had seen better days. The table is a craftsman style table that was built using quartersawn white oak and soft maple for the drawer. Carcass construction is mortise and tenon, while half blind dovetails were used for the drawer construction.

The stain used was Minwax English Chestnut, while the finish was 4 coats of Minwax Satin Wipe-On Poly. I read a few articles recently touting the ease and excellent results of Minwax Wipe-On so after trying it on some scrap, I used it on the project. I was very happy with the buildup and sheen that it provided. I normally use poly applied via an HVLP, but might be using this wipe-on poly more often.

To conclude the project, I added a light to the top to assist my old eyes when reading.

-- TheQueTip, Killeen Texas - All tools I've purchased from Harbor Freight eventually became a hammer.





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jcoulam

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#1 posted 08-04-2017 06:28 PM

That turned out great! Beautiful grain on the top.

-- Jeff Coulam, Lakeway Texas

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Mainiac Matt

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#2 posted 08-04-2017 06:39 PM

I really like the way the lamp is built into the table. That won’t get knocked over by the dog any time soon.

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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TungOil

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#3 posted 08-04-2017 09:30 PM

looks great! I too like the Minwax wipe-on poly, although many folks will poo poo it. It applies easily and builds quickly for a wipe on, and of course no gun to clean.

-- The optimist says "the glass is half full". The pessimist says "the glass is half empty". The engineer says "the glass is twice as big as it needs to be"

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ArtMann

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#4 posted 08-04-2017 09:56 PM

Double post.

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ArtMann

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#5 posted 08-04-2017 09:57 PM

I like the speed with which I can finish a project with spray lacquer. Otherwise, Wipe on polyurethane has been a reliable and almost fail proof finish for me. In some ways, it is superior to lacquer. People write that it is plastic looking but that certainly that doesn’t the case with your project. I have never finished anything with wipe on poly that looked plasticy. It is possible to spray or brush on too much finish. Maybe that is what people are talking about.

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handmadewithashley

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#6 posted 08-05-2017 12:08 AM

The table looks beautiful! I could stare at that grain pattern all day :)

-- Ashley, Alabama, Instagram - @handmadewithashley, http://www.ashleygrenon.com

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TheQueTip

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#7 posted 08-05-2017 12:38 AM

Thanks everyone for all the kind responses.

I like the look and durability of lacquer as well. ‘Many’ years ago, I worked for a contractor where we sprayed lacquer all day for new home construction (cabinets, base, doors, etc.) You can get burnt out (pun intended) spraying lacquer 10 hours a day even if you are using respirators. Sure does look nice when done correctly.

-- TheQueTip, Killeen Texas - All tools I've purchased from Harbor Freight eventually became a hammer.

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Duff

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#8 posted 08-05-2017 03:08 AM

The table looks awesome!

-- You have to go on and be crazy. Craziness is like heaven - Jimi Hendrix

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robscastle

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#9 posted 08-05-2017 03:36 AM

Grain and finish already mentioned and fully supported
Matt has the light covered too.

So really nothing more to add,

So I will ask a question.
How do you keep everything so clean ?

Wait just noticed something!!
Congratulations on the DT3

-- Regards Robert

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TheQueTip

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#10 posted 08-05-2017 10:02 AM

RobCastle, Shop usually gets cleaned when wife complains that I am bringing the shop into the house, one step at a time.. It’s not normally too clean.

What is DT3?
Chris

-- TheQueTip, Killeen Texas - All tools I've purchased from Harbor Freight eventually became a hammer.

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helluvawreck

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#11 posted 08-05-2017 12:08 PM

This is a beautiful table and done so nicely.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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bobasaurus

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#12 posted 08-05-2017 05:05 PM

Looks really well made, I like the design. The lamp coming out of the top is genius.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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Mean_Dean

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#13 posted 08-05-2017 06:45 PM

That’s a great looking Craftsman table—I love the built-in lamp!

(By the way DT3 = Daily Top 3. Congratulations!)

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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AandCstyle

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#14 posted 08-05-2017 09:01 PM

Chris, you did a great job with the table and you found some outstanding qswo with which to make it.

-- Art

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