|Project by lumberjoe||posted 06-04-2012 04:22 PM||1773 views||0 times favorited||12 comments|
My wife has been very supportive and appreciative of the projects I have been making, mostly because they are for her, to her specifications. She has been getting a little jealous of the time I spend in the garage, so to my surprise, she adopted the “If you can’t beat them, join them” mantra instead of giving me grief. She didn’t construct the table. It was left in the house by the previous owners when we moved in. It was in terrible shape and I didn’t even deem it worthy for scrap. Rather than put it in the dumpster, she dragged it into the garage. She painstakingly sanded about a dozen coats of latex paint and and old finish down to bare wood, and then finish sanded it all down to 220. After that she stained the top two colors. First Minwax “weathered Oak”, then Minwax early american. This produced a really cool and rustic finish. She then sourced and purchased some general finishes milk paint for the rest. When the wife loads up the baby and says “let’s go to that woodcraft place, I think they have the paint I want”, I am not going to argue.
She also applied several coats of poly to the top, sanding between coats, and buffed it out/waxed it with the Johnsons paste wax I use for my tools and steel wool all on her own. The drawer pulls were also her selection and installation. The only thing I did was carry it inside. I must say she did a really nice job and the finish (minus a few runs in the early coats of poly) looks fantastic. She definitely caught the bug and wants to experiment a lot more. While finishing she was asking a lot of questions as to how I make certain cuts, what this tool and that tool actually does, and remarked “man, that is a lot harder than I thought, no wonder it takes you so long”. She may be building her own projects soon. I’m not sure if that is a good thing or a bad thing. Now instead of just fighting for shower time in the morning, we will probably be fighting for table saw time soon.
Then again, the garage is big enough for 2 table saws :)