|Project by justmakeit||posted 11-11-2012 02:28 PM||1947 views||5 times favorited||7 comments|
This is my first real piece of woodworking. I am new to woodworking and am open to any feedback that you have.
This is a 8/4 mesquite slab that I got from a local mill here in Tucson and some 25 year aged black walnut that I picked up on my honeymoon back in Syracuse, NY. The masculine 2 inch thick mesquite slab is balanced by the two exiguous bases joined together at the heart of the table using high figured black walnut. To give the base its own identity I tapered each board from top-to-bottom and left-to-right. I also created a triple layer color tone by incorporating different wood species designed to naturally link with the base colors in a room e.g., Native mesquite (light brown – earth tones), Chilean mesquite ( reds – browns – blacks), Black Walnut ( Dark brown, purple). I also hand turned all 16 dowels out of the black walnut to give each joint a distinct contrast and extend the color tone. The table dimensions are 60” L x 21’’ W x 19.5’’ H
Don’t kill me but yes, I first sealed the wood with 7 separate coats of tung oil, sanding in between and increasing the grit. But the overall finish was not good enough to handle every day wear and tear that a coffee table needs to. I decided to add three coats of… poly, which created the seal that I wanted to withstand spills and eventually nonsensical stick figure drawings with crayons.
I would love to hear your tung oil finishing techniques for mesquite, black walnut or any species and sealer.