My first serious project.

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Project by pashley posted 04-02-2008 10:08 PM 2252 views 4 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This mission coffee table was my first serious project. Had a heck of a time getting the finish right. I think I sanded the whole thing down 3 times. Oh well, learning experience! All white oak, qtrd. 2”x2” ceramic tiles in each corner.

Regarding the finish: I was trying to used a gel stain, and it just wasn’t working out. Ended up with using a dye, which is what I use primarily now.

-- Have a blessed day!

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#1 posted 04-02-2008 10:10 PM

Well, your hard work paid off. Beautiful.

-- Bruce from Central New, if you'll pardon me, I have some sawdust to make.

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#2 posted 04-02-2008 11:07 PM

wow that is wonderful. the finish came out beautifully too.

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#3 posted 04-02-2008 11:16 PM

Very nice job Pashley. Excellent effort for a first project.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#4 posted 04-02-2008 11:34 PM

Very nice post. I am a fan of mission style furniture. You did a good job on this.

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#5 posted 04-03-2008 12:42 AM

Lovely work!
Please describe what you tried and what you learned from your finishing experiments.


-- Hailey, ID

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#6 posted 04-03-2008 02:21 AM

Very Nice work, but don’t take it too serious, its enjoyabe and fun so its not work. Unless you want it to be. Nice projects they came out perfect. I like the corner tiles. Nice touch.

-- Dominic, Trinity, Florida...Lets be safe out there.

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#7 posted 04-03-2008 02:36 AM

looks great….did you carve the corners???

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#8 posted 04-03-2008 02:39 AM

Beautiful job on the table. Tiles in corners is a nice touch. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#9 posted 04-03-2008 02:41 AM

Excellent! Nice touch on the corners.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#10 posted 04-03-2008 06:34 AM


Nice first project and don’t fret, woodworking is all about experimenting and learning; I never make mistakes, only experience numerous educational opportunities (Hardknocks U).

The clean lines of Mission furniture have an appeal all their own.

-- I can so I wood but why are my learning curves always circles

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#11 posted 04-03-2008 06:35 AM

Looks like you did a real serious job on it too! Very nice.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#12 posted 04-03-2008 11:33 AM

Very nice. I like the details on the corners. Did you carve them?

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#13 posted 04-03-2008 01:16 PM

Very nice table , corners looks great

-- Mike, Bruce Mississippi = Jack of many trades master of none

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#14 posted 04-03-2008 07:29 PM

A mission finish can be tricky, especially if the idea of ammonia fuming is as scary to you as it is to me.

Your table looks like it came out great though.

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#15 posted 04-13-2008 05:15 PM

A very beautiful table. The grain on top looks like the Japanese ‘jin-di-sugi’ finish. Nice! You color and grain matched perfectly!

-- Quando Omni Flunkus Moritati

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