|Project by PittsburghTim||posted 09-30-2012 01:22 PM||1944 views||7 times favorited||15 comments|
Here is my first attempt at making a piece of furniture from a natural slab. I purchased this slab of walnut about a year ago without a real plan for it because it was just such a beautiful piece of wood with both burl figure from the crotch of the tree surrounded by curly figure along the sides. The legs were made from a separate slab of walnut that is 2 inches thick. I cut the legs along the grain to keep them more natural in shape.
The legs were finished with several coats of General Finishes Arm-r-seal. The top was finished with seal coat of shellac followed by about six coats or Arm-r-seal gloss. I would like to thank Charles Neil for his advice when I was having difficulty with finishing the top. The very porous walnut top was giving me fits and he advised me to sand the Arm-r-seal with a fine grit paper between the coats, leaving the sanding residue on the top and putting the next coat on. This formed a “gravy” that helped fill the very porous top and after a few coats, eliminated the tiny bubbles that were forming in the finish when I first applied it. I also thinned the Arm-r-seal a fair amount for the first few coats to make it flow more readily into the pores of the wood.
While some may not like the high gloss finish, this was my preference as I have always liked this look and I know it will be durable, which is important as I still have children in the house and do not want to worry about someone setting a drink on it by accident.
Thanks for looking,
-- She asked me, "Who are you going to please with that?" I said, "Me."