|Project by Ger19wmu||posted 01-05-2012 11:02 AM||2221 views||1 time favorited||3 comments|
Ok…so this was the first real “finished” type of project for me, and one of the more serious ones for my buddy (Dwinkel5). It’s nothing too flashy, just a pine pub style table. We threw around some different ideas, and ended up deciding to pocket screw in all the slats on the bottom and make it all flush to give it a nice clean look. The top is a pre-made aspen panel from Lowes, the legs are a 2×6x8’ that we used the table saw to square and rip to the same size. The framing is 1×4’s and the slats are 1×3’s.
The true fun of this project was the week or so worth of work to get the pine black! I wanted to have grains show through, but like the modern look of the black with the raw top…..
First we tried a Minwax ebony stain….Fail (this we did all the parts with…from here just a “test leg”
Then we tried more Minwax ebony stain….Fail
Then we tried a black lacquer…looked like paint, no grains….Fail
Removed the lacquer, tried a higher potency stain that Sherwin Williams made for me….Fail
Tried a solid color stain like you would use on a deck….it was close, but grey….Fail
Tried staining the solid color stain (it was late, a couple of beverages were involved and we were getting a bit frustrated at this point!!).....obviously….Fail
Tried a “dye stain” that the guy at a woodcraft store recommended….it wasn’t taking….Fail
Finally ended up putting the dye stain on like paint, let it dry, second coat, spray Minwax Polycrylic to coat….SUCCESS!!!
The top is just multiple coats of the same poly….
We’re still starting out at this, but we did learn about 15 different ways NOT to turn pine black….I think the next time will be stronger dye right from the start….I still have to make a coffee table, end tables, etc. to match the design…so lots more practice to come!!
-- -Jeff.....IT guy/Mechanical Engineer that likes building stuff!