Corner Inlay Table #14: Finally, completion - moving to "Projects"

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Blog entry by Rick posted 03-10-2011 05:25 PM 3212 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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During the finishing, I used some white abrasive sheets to clean up the stain edge where the masking tape was. I also had to correct some swirls I actually introduced as part of the sanding between coats of Arm-R-Seal.

With that done, the table tops were attached using figure 8’s from Woodcraft. I don’t care for theirs as much as others, because they are not flat on both sides. But they seem to work fine.

Here are the final steps to completion


  • Sanded all parts before assembly to 220 (hoping the higher grit would help with blotch)
  • Sanded end grain on angled cuts to 320
  • Burnished the end grain to close it and minimize the stain absorption.
    • Even though most of these are not seen – against the wall – I still wanted as uniform color as possible.


  • Sealing:
    • Sealed before assembly
    • 2 coats 1/2 lb cut Sealcoat
    • End grain got a 3rd coat
  • Stain
    • 1 coat – GF Gel Stain – Georgian cherry
      • This coat was left heavier than I actually anticipated, but no harm, no foul
    • Poplar is incredibly blotchy, and despite the seal coats, there are places where it is simply flatter grain that was difficult to cover as well as other spots.
      • I put 2-3 “rubbing coats” on these flatter face grain areas to blend them in. I did not want to lose the grain, but didn’t want a really stark contrast
    • 1 coat – GF Gel Stain – 1:1 Georgian Cherry / Java *Protection
    • 4 coats Arm-R-Seal Glossy
      • I had samples of Gloss, Semi and Satin. Lynn picked Gloss.
      • 2 coats undiluted, wiped on – this helped build a finish quickly
      • 2 coats 1:1 diluted, wiped on for a smooth, clean top coat.

I think that’s it . . .

-- There are many tempting parking places on the road to success

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