|Project by TZH||posted 07-02-2011 02:12 AM||1538 views||3 times favorited||7 comments|
Final phase of the commissioned work my friend’s daughter had me do for her wedding. This piece is made from lodgepole pine (pine beetle infestation) for the top and the base (each planed down to two inches thick). The pedestal is some kind of poplar (not sure what kind, actually). The client wanted the bark left on the poplar, and that’s what I did. It stands just under 12 inches high. Stability was a real issue with this one as I didn’t want the stand tipping over right in the middle of the wedding reception, so I made it very heavy with a wide enough base so that the only way it could topple would be if the whole table it sits on tips over. There was a lot of planing with my router planer and hand sanding to get just the right smoothness. I started with 60 grit to start with and progressively went to 400 grit for the last sanding before finishing. During finishing I did wet sanding first with 400 grit wet/dry sandpaper and finally 0000 plastic (steel wool substitute) in between coats which gave it a really smooth finish. Started with two coats of dewaxed shellac and finished with two more coats of hand rubbed gloss Minwax poly. Final finish was one coat of Trewax brand wood polish. I’m very satisfied with the way it turned out. Didn’t have a wedding cake yet to set on it for the photos, and didn’t think a pizza would do it justice. So, all you get is the piece itself. Thanks for looking.