|Forum topic by acwalsh||posted 06-23-2016 10:24 PM||484 views||0 times favorited||3 replies|
06-23-2016 10:24 PM
Recently my mom decided she wanted a new dining room table. Looking for a new project, I told her I would build it for her. I was able to quite a bit of lumber from an old water tower. The wood is cypress. I planed it down, jointed it, and have completed the top of the table using wood glue and biscuits.
I am now in the process of building the base of the table. I am milling more cypress (from the water tower) down into 2×4s which I will combine to make my own 4×4s. There are 2 reasons I am making my own 4×4s.
1. The cypress is sold old that new cypress will not match it when I go to stain it
My concern is in regards to finishing. I have never worked with cypress and while I the build has gone really well thus far, being unfamiliar with how cypress finishes does concern me. In retrospect I do realize I violated the principle of knowing how I wanted to finish a project before I began the project. That is water under the bridge and a good lesson learned moving forward.
I wanted to reach out to the community and see if anyone is familiar with cypress and staining cypress for indoor furniture use. While I am not at finishing stage yet (need to finish building base first), I wanted to get this question up in advance so that there would be time for others to share their advice/experience with me. My mother does want the table stained and I have done some samples. However, with cypress an orange/yellow bleeds through even with wood conditioner.
I have attached some pictures. The first picture is of the completed table top. The 2nd and 3rd pictures if of the cypress next to a 4×4 of cedar for comparison purposes.