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Forum topic by mahdee posted 01-16-2016 12:28 AM 918 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-16-2016 12:28 AM

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Hi all,
You know when you have several projects going at once sometimes you forget what finish you used? Well, that is my situation. I am pretty sure I rubbed polyurethane on a table top and by the time I got back to this project, I sprayed it with lacquer. Several days has passed and it seems to be AOK at this point. I made this for my daughter and her husband and I would hate to see it do something weird down the road. Anyone who has done the same thing or knows the outcome in the long term can tell me where I stand?


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#1 posted 01-16-2016 01:03 AM

Well Lil’buddie, I got no idea how it’s going to stand the test of time. I just want to compliment you on that table top. It is absolutely beautiful! What a conversation piece! You must have the patience of Job to put all those pieces together.

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#2 posted 01-16-2016 01:07 AM

Beautiful job. But from a chemistry standpoint I got nothing. Sorry.

-- Don't blame me, I voted for no one.

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#3 posted 01-16-2016 01:48 AM

So you put on poly, then went back a few days later and sprayed it with lacquer?

Looking at the project, who cares? That is a beautiful top, and I would just buff it a little and put on a coat of paste wax and thank the powers above that it didn’t crinkle, peel or otherwise go to battle among the coats!

Go forth and make more!

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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#4 posted 01-16-2016 02:15 AM

Looks good and I dont think you have anything to worry about, maybe if the finish material was reversed. Thats what a note book is used for, I note all my finish/stain/dye for projects in a note book in order, in case I want to repeat the finished project on another one and so I dont loose track of where I am at on one.

-- Knowledge and experience equals Wisdom, Michael Frankowski

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#5 posted 01-16-2016 04:17 AM

Thanks guys. This is what the table looks like… I am 100% sure the legs are sprayed with lacquer. Worse thing if it fails is I have to sand it to the bare wood down the road; not the first time I had to do things over. I really like the idea of keeping journal of things. Thanks again.


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#6 posted 01-16-2016 04:26 AM

mahdee, I really like the shape of those legs. Is it perspective that makes it look like they get closer together at the bottom ? How tall is this table and what’s it’s purpose ? That top couldn’t be more interesting and attractive. ..Really well done.

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#7 posted 01-16-2016 04:44 AM

Thanks Yonak,
Last month I ask my daughter if she needed anything and she said that her and her husband were looking for a small table. I asked how tall and she said about 32”. So, it is 32” tall and the legs are tapered on two sides. I am going to mail it to her in 5 pieces to save on the shipping. The top is 1/5th of my scrap lumber laying around posing a danger to walk around. I plan to get rid of the rest of the scraps I have by possibly making a coffee table out of them. The legs look the way they are because the walnut was full of cracks and I had to cut out as many of the cracks I could.


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#8 posted 01-16-2016 04:59 AM

That sure is a nice looking table Mahdee, good job!

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#9 posted 01-16-2016 03:11 PM

Thanks waho6o9 appreciate it. I think the table was the result of 16 cuts all together. I think there is more glue than wood in this piece.


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#10 posted 01-16-2016 03:13 PM

If the lacquer didn’t lift it when it was wet then there will be no reaction.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#11 posted 01-16-2016 03:16 PM

Great to know Bruce. My main concern was/is that I used watco teak oil then rubbed the poly and without sanding the poly (thinking it was lacquer) sprayed the lacquer on top of the poly. I don’t see any separation; it seem to have stuck together very well.


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#12 posted 01-16-2016 04:50 PM

Mahdee: You might practice on some scrap boards, poly then lacquer…. Just for learning purposes..


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#13 posted 01-16-2016 05:41 PM

Good idea Ron.. I guess I’ve already done it. I my get some lacquer and mix it with poly and see the wet reaction.


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