|Forum topic by Rob||posted 04-22-2014 02:49 PM||1952 views||0 times favorited||15 replies|
04-22-2014 02:49 PM
I’m finally pretty much done building the walnut coffee table…It’s a two layered table (two table tops) on a T type frame. Table tops are L36” x W24” x T1”...It’s going to be HEAVY. Like really heavy. Is this a horrible thing in the fine furniture world? It’s modern and low to the ground style. I like it…How to finish this has been in the back of my mind the entire build, and now it’s about that time to pull the trigger and DECIDE ALREADY…Here’s what I do know I am def doing as far as coloring:
It’s typical steam dried walnut, some sap wood, and a slight gray cast. So I want to adjust the color to an “espresso” type finish, just not so dark, so the walnut grain pops through….
My question is first of all do you have any advice or critiques or changes of the steps I will take?
I really like the look of a full piano finish and am thinking of either building up a film to rub out to the full finish…If I go the “rubbing method” Do I need to use a grain filler on the bare wood before begginning my coloring scheme? Or are the mulitple layers going to pretty much be filling the grain for me?
Also thought abot using an epoxy resin like liquid glass or something, like they use on bar tops but have zero experience with the product…what are the differences/advantages of rubbing out a finish vs using a high gloss epoxy resin, like liquid glass?
My goal is to make the table top look elegant, and obtain a very “high end” finish, but I also realize it is a coffee table so some protective qualities are important…I have used the big box store run of the mill Miniwax Polys, and they’re ok…But they leave a plasticy look and feel, and from my understading, you can’t really rub out a finish on top of poly…just what I have heard and read…So is shellac the way to go here?
I should add that I don’t have decent enough spray equipment to use any type of pre cat or anything, so hand apllication is the only method for now…
-- Rob, Middletown NJ