|Project by SteveL||posted 06-02-2013 11:22 PM||1156 views||3 times favorited||6 comments|
Just completed the finishing of this modern style walnut coffee table, which I made as a wedding present for my son and daughter-in-law, who will be married this coming Saturday. The table was made in a class at Philadelphia Furniture Workshop with Alan Turner and Mario Rodriguez as the instructors. The material is entirely walnut. The top is glued up from 3 boards, then breadboard ends were applied. The legs were cut on the bandsaw and the curves were faired on a spindle sander and belt sander. All the edges are rounded over. I did have the advantage of their wide drum sander which allowed us to level the top after glueup. The finish is boiled linseed oil, followed by 3 coats of superblonde, de-waxed shellac (I mix my own to about a half-pound cut), then two topcoats of thinned polyurethane (equal parts mineral spirits and polyurethane from the can). After that dried, I put a coat of dark briwax on for a bit more protection. The kids have two pitbull mix dogs who are still puppies at heart, so I also had an acrylic top cut for now to keep them from scratching the top, since there is no reasoning with them about standing on the furniture.