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Forum topic by lumberjoe posted 01-04-2013 04:45 PM 898 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-04-2013 04:45 PM

During the struggle to find a place for the Christmas tree, my wife shoved this little shaker table I made a few months ago in a corner right next to the radiator. The house was pretty cold yesterday so I decided it was time for the semiannual bleeding of the system. This particular radiator likes to blow off steam. A few hours after I bled everything, I heard a “pop” noise that I thought came from the radiator. Nope. The top of the table came right off the figure 8’s. The bottom is finished as well, but I guess that is no match for a 20 minute steam bath.

I hate these tables now anyway so I’m not going to try to fix it. They were originally finished with natural danish oil and waxed. My wife sanded the finish, used milk paint on the legs and aprons, stained the top with some awful Minwax weathered oak, and loaded up on the gloss poly. This is what it looked like before:


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#1 posted 01-04-2013 05:10 PM

Oh snap…

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#2 posted 01-04-2013 06:07 PM

Nice grass (lawn) in the second picture. What finish did your wife use. I’d kill for grass that green.

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#3 posted 01-04-2013 06:11 PM

That’s the bad lawn (the back)! I am pretty meticulous about lawn care. She slapped on way too many coats of full strength Minwax gloss ploy right out of the can.

  • EDIT* As far as “lawn finish” goes, I start by “sanding” in the very late summer (Mid September) with a plug airator and an overseeder. Then it’s crabgrass preventer in the early fall, pellitized lime late fall, and I’ve found Home Depot’s “Vigero” brand of stepped fertilizers/lawn treatments to be superior to the Scotts and other big name products. That starts up in the spring. I also have a sprinkler system and it gets cut twice a week (and left fairly long, that pic was the day before a cutting).

the front looks so much nicer. I paid more attention to the back this fall so hopefully it comes in nicer


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