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Project by jrhovde posted 09-04-2012 07:52 PM 2277 views 3 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first woodworking project ever and I built it with the intention of saving money on a professionally built table. I’m now addicted to woodworking and I’m sure I’ve spent three times what I would have spent on a professionally made table, on woodworking tools.

I built this out of pine because I didn’t want to invest a ton of money into something that I didn’t know if I could do. It’s stained with Minwax English Chestnut and topped with way too many coats of polyurethane.

The table is 8ft long and 43” wide if memory serves. I inlaid an 1-1/8” steel band around the table and hide it underneath. It’s there just for looks.

What I’ve learned (and I’m sure you all have known for a long time): you can put on too many coats of poly, glue doesn’t stain so make sure it’s all gone, always buy clamps, and don’t stain and varnish in your own house even if it is winter outside and you’re impatient.

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#1 posted 09-04-2012 09:59 PM

I’d say tou did a really nice job with that pine. Great table!

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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Jim Jakosh

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#2 posted 09-04-2012 11:00 PM

That is a real nice first project. How many coats do you consider too many for polyurethane? Like more that 12?
Read my story on the one about Poly:


-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 09-04-2012 11:13 PM

great looking table.woodworking is very addictive

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#4 posted 09-05-2012 01:04 AM

Really nice job, beautiful piece of furniture. Now you have the tools and experience, you can fill the house with new furniture.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#5 posted 09-05-2012 01:35 AM

Just remember, money spent buying tools instead of buying stuff that tools can help you build is always money well spent.

-- If I can't make it, I probably don't need it.

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Monte Pittman

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#6 posted 09-05-2012 08:27 AM

Looks great. Didn’t know you could put on too many coats of polyurethane. :-)

This is the greatest addiction ever.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#7 posted 09-05-2012 09:32 AM

A lot of projects are posted on this site. I don’t click on them all, only the ones that catch my eye. I clicked on yours. Nice job. Welcome to the addiction. We all understand.

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#8 posted 09-07-2012 04:50 AM

Nope you cannot put on too many coats of poly. Heres a photo of one of my first projects. It has 8 coats of thin polyurethane,

gently sanded every coat. Now 10 years later still looks like new.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#9 posted 09-07-2012 01:32 PM

Thanks for looking at my project. I think I put about nine coats of poly on and after three coats the wood shined and looked beautiful but after the ninth coat it has a dingy and dull look to it. I applied the poly and sanded inbetween each coat and used a tack cloth. Jim, I did not wait a long time between sanding and applying a coat.
If you know what I did wrong I’m open to suggestions.

Thanks for the help.

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