|Project by Mean_Dean||posted 12-27-2013 02:15 AM||1499 views||3 times favorited||10 comments|
This project was for a friend as a Christmas gift.
It’s made out of African mahogany, and features feet with their grain running horizontally to keep them from breaking if bumped. It has a shelf to keep her books close at hand, and is finished with home-mixed, semi-gloss wipe-on polyurethane.
It’s dimensions are: 24 1/2”H x 24”L x 11 1/4”W
Now for the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.
The Good: The grain match on the top is virtually flawless—you can’t see the seam unless you squat down over it, and really squint! Also, the finish came out first-rate! I’ve used wiping varnish before, but have always left the excess on, and hoped the bubbles would pop out. If they didn’t, I’d thin the mix further. But after having studied Bob Flexner’s books, I decided to wipe off the excess—thus no runs, no sags, no bubbles, and virtually no dust nibs.
The Bad: Wiping off the excess wiping varnish really makes for a slow build to the finish. I was able to get 2 coats of finish on per day, with sanding between coats and vacuuming. I had 9 coats of finish on the top before I was satisfied with its look—which took 5 days to build! It’s a great way to achieve beautiful results, but it’s slower than heck!
The Ugly: These photos….. Since it’s Winter up here in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, there isn’t much light outside, especially when it’s cloudy. I had to shoot these photos with an overhead flourescent light fixture, which made these photos take on a yellowish cast.
As always, comments and questions are welcome!
-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN