Arts and Crafts Coffee table project #5: Closing in on the finish line

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Blog entry by Cato posted 06-13-2012 09:44 PM 11938 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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An apt title as I have had some time recently to sand and apply finish to this Arts and Crafts design coffee table.

I had to tape off and finish the walnut legs separately from the rest of the mahogany base components. I kind of like doing that anyway as it saves from getting runs and drips in the corners and other hard to reach areas.

I used a 50/50 dye mixture of Transtint Red Mahogany and Vintage Brown Maple. The combo worked well for the mahogany and also for the walnut. Next time I mix this however I will go a bit lighter on the red as the mahogany really picks up any red very quickly.

I used a wash coat of shellac and then dyed each piece. When the dye dried I applied 3 coats of dewaxed amber shellac.

Here is the table base after glueing up the apron end assembly today and dry fitting the strecthers and shelf. The stretchers will be glued in tomorrow and the shelf may get a slight dab of glue but I will probably leave it free floating as it is a through tenon.

I made the pegs for the table top yesterday and installed those. That was a little nerve wracking getting them to fit just right, but I am fairly pleased with the bread board ends and the pegs.

Here is the table top finished with shellac and the breadboard ends installed.

While every thing was either in clamps or finish drying, I took the time to make the little pegs for attaching the table top to the base, and then laid out their positions on the stretchers and aprons and routed them out today.

So the end is in sight for this project, and tomorrow I will finish the base by glueing up the stretchers, and then it will be time to lightly sand with 320 grit on the table top and then begin applying the top coat. I will be using a water based poly from General finishes and each side will get 3 coats with a light sanding in between coats.

It will be my first time trying a water based poly so I will test it out on some scraps I shellaced when finishing and if it looks like it is going down nicely then I will start with the underside of the table first just to be on the safe side.

Thanks for looking.

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#1 posted 06-13-2012 11:38 PM

Shes’ gonna be a beaut! Question… Is the bottom shelf/stretcher thru-tenon on the ends? Or is that decorative? Looks awesome either way but I’m curious.

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#2 posted 06-14-2012 01:28 AM

Six string it’s a through tenon on the bottom shelf.

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