|Project by Grantman||posted 01-01-2014 12:33 AM||1544 views||0 times favorited||7 comments|
I started making a desk for my wife out of some curly maple I had but I was getting too much tear out and told her she would have to choose a different species for the desk. She said, “OK” but suggested that we get rid of the glass top on our dining room table and replace it with the maple. We’ve had the glass table for almost 30 years and I was glad to see it go.
I dyed it with some Trans Tint (darker than I wanted) sanded it back and finished it with BLO and poly. Four heavy coats of Minwax semi-gloss and then buffed with Micro Mesh pads to 6,000 grit. The grain certainly popped and the surface is as smooth as a new born baby’s tush. I found a bullnose router bit for the edges and made it with a tiny reveal at both the top and bottom edges.
This will be a temporary ‘fix’ until I make a completely new table complete with leaves to give us expansion room in the next year.