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Project by grosa posted 01-21-2011 08:13 AM 2089 views 3 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was made from hard Maple. It measured 22” wide x 76” long x 37” high. The legs were cut from a solid piece of Maple using a compound cut. It has 3 LED lights facing down and 1 facing up. glass goes in the center hole. Bill did an awesome job with the finish. I made this project @ Prestige Casework last week. I don’t care much for the dark finish but thats what the customer wanted. What do you think ? Do you like a dark finish on light wood ?

-- Have a great day.

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#1 posted 01-21-2011 08:25 AM

i love dark finishes! it gives it that modern look! thats just my personal taste. I think it looks great!

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#2 posted 01-21-2011 08:26 AM

I like the beauty of light wood. If It was cherry or walnut I would go with the natural color. the finish looks great! some times a piece can get lost Inn a crowd. great! craftsmanship.

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#3 posted 01-21-2011 12:12 PM

Looks great to me – I really like the finish. It’s not so much an issue of dark finish on light wood – the end result is all that matters and it’s a nice even finish.

I’d be curious to hear the finishing schedule if you have the details.

-- Optimists are usually disappointed. Pessimists are either right or pleasantly surprised. I tend to be a disappointed pessimist.

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#4 posted 01-21-2011 12:32 PM

The white undercoat killed the grain. Sigh :(

-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...

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#5 posted 01-21-2011 02:51 PM

Great job!! Finish looks great. I prefer seeing the natural grain and color.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#6 posted 01-21-2011 03:07 PM

What did he use for a finish.. shellac with gel stain??

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#7 posted 01-21-2011 05:28 PM

The table looks great. In the pictures the finish looks great. But like you I prefer to keep it natural. Nature has done a great job of providing us with beautiful colors and grain patterns. There is no need to change its color.

-- Steve, Omaha, NE

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#8 posted 01-21-2011 06:51 PM

I agree with Live4ever – it is the finishing that counts. The construction is awesome – I especially like the sweeping legs – it adds flair (no pun intended). Very nice work – great job!

-- I've never seen a tree that I wouldn't like to repurpose into a project. I love the smell of wood in the morning - it smells like victory.

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#9 posted 01-22-2011 01:48 AM

Thank you for the comments. The legs were M & T. The legs are 3” x 3”. The top is 1.25” thick. the skirt is 1” thick and the glass is 1/4” thick. The finish is laquer.

-- Have a great day.

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