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Project by Shawn posted 02-20-2007 11:05 PM 2051 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I already posted my end table before, but now I will post them together. As the story goes, we needed new coffee tables, I said, hey I’m gonna build them, and a new TV stand, and thus began my most recent journey into the world of woodart. They are my own design, built for storage, but to look attractive in doing that job…red oak ply and solid stock, 4 coats of minwax wipe on poly 400 grit sanding inbetween, I’ve since learned, and would not use that finish on oak again, but hey, live and learn right. ENjoy, I’ve also include a picture of my living room looking through the dining room so you can see how it all goes together, and so you get a nice shot of my new condo. Enjoy the laundry basket, and bowl of orange peels on the couch in the third pick, you will also notice my true first love, my guitars…

-- Cheers

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#1 posted 02-21-2007 12:52 AM

Nice work, Shawn. It looks like you applied solid trim around the edges of the ply. Came out nice.

Why don’t you like the Wipe-On Poly?

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#2 posted 02-21-2007 02:42 AM

I actually really like the wipe-on poly, I just think I prefer a darker oak, also, I think I’d fill the pours before I applied the poly next time.

-- Cheers

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#3 posted 02-21-2007 02:48 AM

Looks great, nice detail on the bottom of the legs!

-- Branden - Sacramento, California -

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Mark A. DeCou

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#4 posted 02-21-2007 10:20 PM

glad you found your usb cable, and you can post your projects again. I don’t know how I made it without a digital camera. Oh yea, I would run to town and pay to have my stuff one-hour developed, and then find out that none of the photos came out, so I would have to take more, and cycle back to the developing place. After I finally got a photo I liked, then I had to borrow a scanner run from someone. Life is much easier with a digital camera.

Did you ever get a tablesaw to replace yours? You could also say that the old one got lost in the move if you don’t like sticking a screw driver in the motor. Just kidding again.

I’m not a fan of poly for a finish either, too many bad experiences. I know “Norm” uses it on everthing, but when I get down low and look across a finish on a table that has a window on the other side, all I see is streaking and dust bumps, just not my idea of a smooth finish. I can get a glass smooth finish with lacquer.

I’m in a small battle with a customer now who insists on using poly on the project I am building. I just can’t spray it with any success, and brushing it makes my work look too amatuerish for me, and wiping it leaves streaks, so I don’t know what to do. I keep saying no, but he keeps saying yes. The only thing I have found that has been satisfactory was to use the small spray cans of quick dry poly, and putting one sprayed coat over a fully cured and rubbed out lacquer finish. Gets expensive, as a $5.00 can doesn’t go far. If I don’t wait for a couple of weeks before going over the lacquer, the poly dries very slow, like it will be tacky for a couple of weeks. If I let that lacquer air out for something like 2-4 weeks, then the poly goes on nice and smooth and dries in regular time, still it is about 4-6 hours so catching a dust spec is pretty common. I just hate applying poly, did I say that?

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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#5 posted 02-21-2007 11:47 PM

No new saw yet, though I did findout my saw loves cutting pine…not a fan of sheet goods or hard woods, but it goes through pine like, well pine. I also discoverd today that my shop is closed until March 18. Sam’s sister bought a new place and all her stuff is currently being stored in the shop, oh well that just means that now I’m stuck designing projects, which is fun cause that means I’ll have alot to build by then, I’m even debating tackling some dinning chairs, tables don’t frighten be but boy am I afraid of chairs. Finally I can say for sure that I will not be building out of ply, at least never a table top again, boy do my tables look amaturish to me being made from ply, for a first project in years, and as a way to get back into wood working they were fine, BUT, never again will I make a table top from ply wood.

-- Cheers

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dennis mitchell

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#6 posted 02-22-2007 12:00 AM

Its funny I can’t build cabinets out of plywood because its to expensive. All a matter of perspective I guess. They look good to me Shawn.

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#7 posted 02-22-2007 03:16 AM

You’re right Dennis, BUT, cabinates look right in ply, tabletops do not, I thinkI just sued the wrong product in the wrong place

-- Cheers

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#8 posted 02-25-2007 07:21 PM

The designs are nice and clean, and I like the color of the tables. One advantage of using plywood for a tabletop is the stability of it. You will not have the wood movement like with solid wood. That being said, I do like to use solid wood whenever I can. I sometimes feel like I am “cheating” if I resort to plywood. But, I have learned it does have its use, and it is not like using MDF for a project.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#9 posted 02-26-2007 04:06 AM

I appreciate the compliments on my design, thank you. On the plywood subject, very well put Bill, you said exactly what I was trying to say, in a far more eloquent way, thank you very much.

-- Cheers

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