|Project by DaleMaley||posted 12-16-2013 02:24 PM||908 views||2 times favorited||2 comments|
I saw a neat looking simple table design in the Oct/Nov 2013 issue of American Woodworker magazine. It was titled Uncle Bob’s Table.
I decided to make the same table, but in red oak instead of alder. At the same time, I ran across an article about using grain filler on open grain woods like red oak. I ordered the plain white Behlen grain filler and decided to give it a try.
One of my biggest issues was not realizing I would need to mix the Behlen grain filler when it arrived. I had a paint mixer bit, but my only hand drill had way too high of speed….....so I made a big mess everywhere. Some “salty sailor” terms were uttered.
I went to the drill press, slowed the speed way down….....and carefully mixed it. It probably took 15 minutes of mixing time on the drill press.
After a lot of experimenting, I zeroed in the following process:
-sand to 220 grit
-once coat of polyurethane
-sand to 220 grit, remove dust
-apply wood filler
-after 10 minutes, wipe against the grain using burlap to remove filler
-let dry, sand to 220 grit
-several rounds of 220 grit and polyurethane until done
I was very pleased with the final table. I have never made a finish so smooth you can see the reflection of a coffee cup…...in the photo above!!
To see all of my trials & tribulations during this project. see my web site.
-- Dale, Illinois, http://dalemaley.webs.com/