A small conference table - the build #8: Finish the underside of the top, and get walnut ready for the legs

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Blog entry by Al Navas posted 02-07-2009 03:59 PM 5126 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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From my blog - Friday's work:

After applying four layers of the Target Coatings’ EM2000wvx topcoat to the underside of the table, it feels like it might be done. However, before turning over the top, to complete the finish on the top side, I will check it again tomorrow morning (Saturday), and decide then.

Today I sanded lightly but thoroughly between each application of the topcoat. It paid off, as the fourth and final application today resulted in a wonderfully smooth surface. In the following photo I am using 600 grit sandpaper between spray sessions, slow and easy, until I know it is ready – it will feel ready for the next layer:

In between spraying the table top, and waiting at least one hour to do the sanding, I started measuring for the table legs. I cut walnut for the legs for this table, and for the stand-up desk I will build later for my client; with the FMT and other “stuff” on the workbench, I must make do with my old folding saw horses :-( :

The day went well; the weather was terrific, as we had lots of sun and 66°F – a wonderful Spring day in the middle of Winter in NW Missouri. With all the blinds in the shop open, and a window cracked to allow make-up air to come into the finishing room, it felt great!


-- Al Navas, Country Club, MO,

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#1 posted 02-07-2009 04:32 PM

I am sure you are a lot like me, as the weather warms and I can open up the shop and being working with the garage door open or even moving my tools to the driveway it just seems to get the adrenaline pumping. Woodworking takes on an altogether different perspective.

The sawhorses work but your bench would be more comfortable I am sure. Sounds like you need another bench in there. After all I wouldn’t want you to run out of things to do. :)

Keep the updates coming. This is going to be a nice table and it is fun to follow it through the construction process.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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