|Project by Grumpymike||posted 10-16-2012 05:47 PM||875 views||0 times favorited||12 comments|
This was really a fun build, I knew how long the top needed to be and how high she wanted it. But the rest was quite vague and I had to guess at alot, but she wanted to match some of her other furniture. That kind of made it a challange. one piece was QS white oak and another was red oak.
The White oak piece looked like it was ammonia fumed and the red oak piece had some kind of stain … hmmmm.
Well, I got the basic table cut out and decided that the legs looked to clunky so I tapered them, not really an Arts & Crafts thing but it lightened the look alot, so I beveled the top to lighten that line. now the lady wanted rounded corners … OK, on the front.
So now I’m ready to finish; I liked the looks of BLO to bring out the grain, and I had come up with a shop mixed stain that looked real close to her other furniture, so here is the delema, do I oil first or stain first?
I went to the LJ’s forum and was told that “BLO was only good for starting fires in barrels full of stain” but I did get some positive replies, and I made a LJ buddy so it was a win.
I oiled, stained, sealed with amber shellac, and topcoated with WB urathane and of course finishing wax.
The legs are QS red oak to help match the White oak piece and the remainder is flat sawn to match the red oak pieces.
This is all mortise and tennon construction, sanded to 320. I did have one joint that wasn’t a real tight fit, but mostly, only I know where that is.
OH yea … She loved it.
If I had it to do over again, after seeing the result the only thing I would change is the shellac … I would use the clear. The amber snuck in a orange hue that I’d rather be without.
-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.