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Forum topic by Mitchell Blankenship posted 12-15-2015 01:29 AM 590 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Mitchell Blankenship

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12-15-2015 01:29 AM

Topic tags/keywords: question finishing mahogany aspen

Well everyone I have a question and that needs answered fast so I am turning to the biggest collection of woodworking knowledge I know of. I got commissioned to build a coffee table for my wife’s boss and despite a week and a half time frame to build it and several mishaps here and there I have made it to the finish. Now it’s supposed to be taken to work by my wife day after tomorrow and so far I have two coats of Minwax Tung Oil Finish (which I realize isn’t actual tung oil but it is a beautiful and easy finish) I am a little concerned about only being able to have three coats on when it gets delivered. So I’m wondering if instead of adding a third coat of the tung oil finish I could get a couple of coats of wipe on poly to help quickly build up a little more durable finish. I was just wondering if this would be a good idea or maybe someone has something that may work better.

Thanks in advance
Mitchell Blankenship

btw here is a pic of the coffee table as it sits now


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bondogaposis

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#1 posted 12-15-2015 01:52 AM

The best way to speed up curing time is to increase the temperature. Finish curing is a chemical reaction and like most chemical reactions things progress faster w/ the addition of heat. It looks like your table is out in a garage, if it is cold out there, bring it inside. Your idea of using wipe on poly should work if the finish underneath is thoroughly cured.

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#2 posted 12-15-2015 02:11 AM

First mistake, rushing finish time, second mistake, client dictating delivery time, as far as finishing goes, if in doubt, go to # 1 then # 2, then let client know why drying time is important. Cant rush oil poly.

-- Knowledge and experience equals Wisdom, Michael Frankowski

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#3 posted 12-15-2015 02:20 AM

OBTW nice use of wood, I dont know whose design it was, but legs look thick/heavy compared to the top thickness, if my design, and maybe it was the clients, I would at least made the top thicker,to match the heaviness of the legs and/or the legs thinner or tapered or tapered on the inside faces. IMHO.

-- Knowledge and experience equals Wisdom, Michael Frankowski

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#4 posted 12-15-2015 02:31 AM

Well the client is my wife and it was something that a collection was taken up for. As far as the thickness I was kind of limited by the wood and budget but I didn’t want to make the legs to thin to keep them sturdy and the design was out of my head once I knew what I had to work with. Now honestly if it was an option I would take a few more weeks for the finish and I’m really not trying to rush the finish I’m just trying to get the best finish that I can get in the time I have. Trust me if anyone other than my wife would have approached me with this then I would have turned it down. I am still trying to convince her to go ahead and take it to the unveiling at work and then bring it back so I can finish it properly and then deliver it once it’s finished even though it’s like an hour and a half drive. I would personally rather make the drive than deliver something I wasn’t completely satisfied with but my wife doesn’t really understand the importance of the finish and so it’s easy to say “oh it will be fine”

But luckily I love that woman more than life itself so in the end it’s worth the headache lol

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#5 posted 12-15-2015 02:35 AM

After thought, when I design or modify a design I ask myself what do I want the eye to see first. Depending on the piece it may be different things, in you pic my eye goes to the heavy legs, not the top. Even though the legs have the same mix of wood as the top, and both is nice, the heaviness of the legs draws my eyes to them.

-- Knowledge and experience equals Wisdom, Michael Frankowski

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#6 posted 12-15-2015 02:39 AM

I agree with the legs but given the budget and time constraints I had to by the mahogany and aspen from Menards and didn’t have enough to double up the top (which I would have loved to do) but given she has here two small grandchildren the majority of the time I wanted to have a beefy support to it. I honestly think it would look less odd if the legs weren’t so long but they wanted it 21” tall so I did my best to accommodate. I also approached my wife about the leg issue too but she has this thing for chunky legs so she was all in LOL

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conifur

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#7 posted 12-15-2015 02:53 AM

Best I can do on my new LT going to photo bucket to give you and example, of what I was saying.
http://s1240.photobucket.com/user/rbursek1/media/Tables/P1010082.jpg.html?o=94

-- Knowledge and experience equals Wisdom, Michael Frankowski

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#8 posted 12-15-2015 03:14 AM

First, that is why I am single!!!!! 2nd ya I thought a bit too high but!!!! 3rd leg beef if joints are good and all square, strong as heck, 4th you rush a finish you get gum and have to start over on it, and clean up the gum if you can first. Sometimes you have to just sit them down and say honey ect, and yes you may not get any loving for a bit or she sees the bigger pic and is all over you for your wisdom and assertiveness.
Still glad I am single,dont need permission or forgiveness. Just have to start my coffee myself every morning, maybe get the high school girl next door to do that b4 she hits the bus.

-- Knowledge and experience equals Wisdom, Michael Frankowski

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