|Project by George M||posted 04-15-2011 11:38 PM||1278 views||0 times favorited||6 comments|
After hanging around here for a while, I decided it was time to post a project. Since this is my latest, it will be my first one to post.
I needed a coffee table and end table for my family room. This is what I came up with. I will be doing a large dining room table soon so I wanted to practice “breadboard ends”.
The wood is Cherry and Walnut. Normally I would not stain Cherry, but I need these to match some other items in the room. I used blotch control which worked well. I also decided to try dye rather than stain. That was a real challenge. I don’t know if it was how I applied it or because it was Cherry wood, but I struggled with it. Ended up sanding both tops down after the first staining. The dye dried too quickly and wiping seemed to make it uneven. The second time I misted the top before applying the dye. That seemed to help. I don’t know if I will use dye again though.
I don’t know if you can see in picture 6, but the breadboard end is out past the table by about 1/64”. When I built it in the shop, those edges were sanded completely even. Bringing in to my solarium to finish caused the table itself to shrink by that much – which shows why breadboard ends should be used on solid wood tops. I believe when I have it in my humidified family room the edges will again become even.
-- George, Parker Colorado