|Project by EarlS||posted 01-11-2012 01:48 AM||1842 views||5 times favorited||17 comments|
I finally finished the matching Craftsman coffee table and end table I designed for the living room. They are made from cherry with walnut slats. I also tried adding some Craftsman veneer details on the corners with a walnut accent strip on the top. That was easy. All of the joinery is pinned, thru mortise and tenons with some angled cuts on the top pieces for accents. All in all, the design and woodworking portions of the project turned out very well.
I did, however, have no end of problems getting the kind of finish on the coffee table top. The initial finish turned out dull and had lots of orange peel. That’s what I get for putting spray poly on too light. I mananged to sand through in some spots and not in others. Tried again with a brush and poly – no deal – I had antire ocean of fish eyes. Apparently my wife thought she would help by spraying furniture polish directly onto the finish just before I took it out to the shop to fix the finish. That took several tries to get all of the oil out. Then I tried the Sam Maloof finish. A dozen coats of poly and another 6 coats of wax. Looked pretty good until the dog threw his slobbery bone on the top and someone set a hot cup on it and I had stains. Back to the drawing board where I stripped the top completely down and started over with poly wipe gloss and 600 grit Abranet on the ROS. Big mistake!!! The scratch marks showed through and the top looked worse than ever. Another full strip down to raw wood and this time I started with sanding sealer and gloss poly wipe. I only used 800 grit wet paper between the 6 coats of poly wipe. I originally wanted to put 4 coats on but I wiped a bit too thin and a bit to long on the 4th coat so I got streaks. Whew – glad that is over. The end table looks great so I left it alone.
Morale of the story – keep trying until you get it right and you might learn a few things in the process.
-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"