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JohnnyBoy1981

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06-12-2017 01:36 AM

Topic tags/keywords: gel stain poly quilted

I built an end table where the boards of the table top have a quilted pattern. That is, I have two boards connected side by side with the grain running parallel to each other. On the end grain of those boards, I have boards attached that have the grain running perpendicular to the first two. I hope that makes sense!

I applied a gel stain to each board, wiping it off in the direction of the grain, which would alternate across the table top.

I’m not there yet, but when it comes time to apply a top coat of polyurethane, can I simply apply it all in one continuous stroke, from one end of the table to the other, and keep going like that or do I need to do like I did with the stain and apply the top coat to each individual board following the various grain directions?

I feel like I wrote this question in a way that makes the whole board design sound more convoluted than it really is lol!

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ArtMann

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#1 posted 06-12-2017 01:47 AM

If it were my project, I would spray the finish on. If you don’t have a sprayer, you can use rattle cans. I used to use wipe on polyurethane which is applied too thinly to see brush strokes. It takes several coats to get very much build up. The good thing about wipe on is that it is almost fool proof (not that I think you are foolish!).

Edit: I think the correct term for the pattern you are using may be “herringbone”.

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#2 posted 06-12-2017 01:50 AM

A picture is always best when trying to explain “sutff” if possible.

Before you worry about the finishing process we need to figure out if you have a cross grain situation on the table top.

You said “I have two boards connected side by side with the grain running parallel to each other. On the end grain of those boards, I have boards attached that have the grain running perpendicular to the first two.” How did you attach those boards? How wide are the boards that are parallel. Did you think of wood movement.

We need more information on the construction of the table top. Again a picture does wonders when trying to explain “stuff”>

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#3 posted 06-12-2017 02:03 AM

This is a night table I just finished. It has three coats of wipe-on poly and four coats of min-wax polish. I like the look a lot.

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#4 posted 06-12-2017 02:22 AM

+1 on AlaskaGuy’s request for photos. Kind of hard to picture. ArtMann is probably right with the herringbone, but photos would help.

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JohnnyBoy1981

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#5 posted 06-12-2017 03:20 AM

This is the table top. It’s made of 2×4’s. They are joined on the opposite side by pocket holes.

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#6 posted 06-12-2017 03:31 AM

I don’t know the name for that pattern. Are the darker “lines” chamfers, or an artifact of different thicknesses? If they are chamfers, and you managed to stain it uniformly, good on ya! I’d spray the poly though, from different angles around the piece, but at about 45° from horizontal to get it into the gaps. There will be a fair amount of over spray, though. I wouldn’t want to brush it unless I was looking for a rustic finish. Too finicky for gloss, that way.

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JohnnyBoy1981

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#7 posted 06-12-2017 03:42 AM

Those are the normal contours of the edges of the 2×4’s, so they form little valleys where the boards meet. A spray on poly may be the best way to go here. Thanks!

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#8 posted 06-12-2017 04:04 AM

Get ready far an ass chewing! just saying,

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#9 posted 06-12-2017 04:15 AM

No ass chewing here, but when I hear quilted pattern and wood, I’m not picturing 2×4’s in a quilted pattern. Ya know — quilted maple and all.

That’s really a nice piece. Seriously, I like the pattern. Since you already have gel stain on there, and there are chamfers in the joints, I’d suggest spraying a topcoat. Your choice. Get a couple of cans at the big box store and have at it.

My preference is lacquer. It’s very forgiving. If you make a mistake, it’s easy to fix.

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#10 posted 06-12-2017 04:35 AM

Spray on or wipe-on poly should be fine. I usually prefer wipe-on though, as it make it makes it really easy to get any desired look – from a muted natural wood danish oil look to a high gloss one, and anything in-between.

Cheers,
Brad

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JohnnyBoy1981

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#11 posted 06-12-2017 01:44 PM

Thanks guys!

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JohnnyBoy1981

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#12 posted 06-12-2017 03:23 PM

Thanks guys!


Get ready far an ass chewing! just saying,

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#13 posted 06-12-2017 03:31 PM

Well, when I hear quilted pattern, I picture something like this:

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#14 posted 06-12-2017 03:36 PM

How are you allowing for wood movement in that pattern?

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#15 posted 06-12-2017 04:12 PM



How are you allowing for wood movement in that pattern?

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Same thing I was wondering about. Apparently no one sees that a possible problem.

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