Arts and Crafts Coffe Table

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Project by bobthebuilderinmichigan posted 01-24-2011 05:36 PM 1477 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this from the Woodsmith Shop plans but extended it to be 48” long. It is made of ash except for the legs which are red oak. I chose ash because I had a free supply. I actually like working with ash and even if I had to pay for it, the prices are very reasonable. The finish is very UN-sophisticated: three coats of Minwax English Chestnut and four coats of Minwax Satin polyurethane. I know, I know – sounds crude and it probably is but it was easy and this is only my second piece of furniture. I’ve bought “Understanding Wood Finishing” by Bob Flexner and Jeff Jewitt’s “Complete Illustrated Guide to Finishing” and have learned a lot already.

-- Bobthebuilderinmichigan

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#1 posted 01-24-2011 06:38 PM

Very sharp.. I like that color. It looks like an aged piece

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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#2 posted 01-25-2011 01:24 AM

I don’t know why you think the finish is crude, it looks good to me. I am curious though, why did you opt to use three coats of stain? Was it just to get the color you were after?
I have tried every brand of stain, and have decided I like the Rodda #19 Fruitwood best. It is a mission looking stain that balances the color of quarter sawn oak very well. I thin it with 5% mineral spirits and spray the stain with a siphon feed gun. The stain is then wiped off with a clean rag. After the stain is completely dry, I spray two coats of Miller semi-gloss lacquer with a gravity feed HVLP gun. This system is quick, easy, foolproof, and produces a finish as smooth as silk.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#3 posted 01-25-2011 04:45 AM

Pinto – Yes, I wanted to get a deeper color and being a beginner, it seemed like the easiest way to achieve it. Obviously, I wasn’t trying to be 100% Arts and Crafts and the color matched a couple of other pieces already in the room. Thanks for the tips on finishing

-- Bobthebuilderinmichigan

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#4 posted 01-25-2011 11:48 PM

Really nice job on that table. I saw that on the TV show, it looks like a fun project.

-- Tim, Myrtle Beach, Just one more tool, that's all I need! :)

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