|Project by SouthpawCA||posted 09-17-2012 10:59 PM||1751 views||3 times favorited||7 comments|
I made a floating top table a few months ago and always figured I’d have to make 2 more to finish the set. However, my wife wanted the 2 additional tables to include a 2nd shelf to show stuff.
It was a fairly easy design. All I had to do was eliminate the tapered legs and incorporate an additional set of rails and supports near the bottom. The bottom shelf had to include cutouts to accommodate the legs. The cutouts actually enhance the look of the floating top.
The 4 tops were fun to make, especially the one shown that had so much grain movement. It took awhile for me to figure out the best placement for the individual pieces to show all that movement and then trying to fill out the final pieces on the ends to try and match the color and the grain of the 3 main pieces.
Finally I had to decide which of the “tops” was actually going to be a top and which were going to be the 2nd tier shelves.
The woods used are Ash and Walnut. The finish on the ash is super blond shellac. The finish on the walnut is garnet shellac.
PS, I got a new HVLP to finish the tops. My first try (thankfully on the underside of one) I just sprayed. However, after a few hours I noticed a lot of tiny bubbles. I removed that coat and the next time, I sprayed and then padded the first 2 coats. That solved the issue of the bubbles. The next 5 coats were just sprayed on with absolutely no problems. I got real good with it by the time I had to do the topside of the tops.