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This is one of six matching end tables I made. The first two were finished with Danish oil, but I switched to shellac for the second pair. The shellac takes ten times longer, but waxed shellac is so smooth.
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#1 posted 04-06-2008 04:04 PM
Great looking end table. Thanks for posting.
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#2 posted 04-06-2008 04:08 PM
Great looking table. Did you use quarter-sawn oak? I’m interested in more details about how you finished the piece. Also your joinery. Mortise and tenon?
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#3 posted 04-06-2008 05:05 PM
Nice looking table.
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#4 posted 04-06-2008 09:20 PM
Very pretty, love the color and design. mike
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#5 posted 04-07-2008 12:35 AM
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#6 posted 04-07-2008 01:44 AM
very nice, need a set for my house.
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#7 posted 04-07-2008 03:39 AM
This is a nice table, I am a fan of mission style furniture. You did a good job with the construction and finish. You made a good choice when you switched to shellac because it is a more durable finish when compared with danish oil. It not only beautifies the wood but it also cures hard to protect it as well. Danish oil is too soft to add any protection to the surface of the wood.
-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine
#8 posted 04-08-2008 02:10 AM
The entire project is made up of quarter sawn white oak. The top is 2 inch flat sawn which I recut to expose the quater sawn face. I did it to save a bit of money, but it is very labour intensive and you get much smaller boards on the top. Never again.
I used to use a water based dye that I liked the colour of but not the product. Since it was water based I had to raised and sand the grain, which adds time and dust. The pigment was very heavy and the can required constant stirring. I took a sample of oak with the stain to the local paint store and they mixed me up a can of oil based that I am much happier with. Then I apply three coats of two pound shellac followed by one thin coat and then sanding and waxing.
All the joints are mortise and tenon, except the lower shelf which is more mortise and groove.
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#9 posted 04-08-2008 02:22 AM
Nice Table- very nice choice of wood and finish
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#10 posted 07-14-2008 05:22 PM
Nice table. On my list of things to build. I too use water base dyes. I found that mixing them in water bottles helps because I don’t have to stir so much. I just shake the bottle and then pour on a rag to apply.
-- Garyb6, “True simplicity does not reveal the tremendous effort it requires.” - Somerset Maugham
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