Myrtle Anniversary Shaker Table #8: Sneak Peak: The tabletop after a coat of oil...

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Blog entry by DoctorDan posted 08-06-2010 08:24 AM 1761 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Flattening the top by hand with a Stanley no 7 resulted in some mild tear out. Switching to abrasives, I used a belt sander (120grit) and a random orbit sander (120 to 1200 grit.) At around 600 grit I coated the top with a diluted coat of UBeaut White Shellac which acts as a pore sealer and allows the oil to penetrate more easily. The oil of choice for this job is Organoil Hard Bunishing Oil is a tung oil based product (see Stu's Shed.) Only a thin coat is needed, the excess rubbed off at 30min, and then with micromesh wet dry sanded moist at 1500 grit. Another thin coat, and burnishing to 3200 is the plan.

Prior to this a trimmer router with a 1/8” CMT bit rounded the edges, and a saw/rasp/sand paper rounded the corners to 20c piece radius.

The timber is fiddleback Tasmanian Myrtle (Nothofagus cunninghamii) from Boutique Timbers with Ebony dowel (Diospyros sp.) from Trend Timbers.

-- Daniel -

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#1 posted 08-06-2010 11:40 AM

Sweet top!

-- Marc

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#2 posted 08-06-2010 03:26 PM

That myrtle is gorgeous! I wasn’t sure what it was; it almost looked like figured cherry to me. I can’t wait to see it with all the finish on. Keep up the good work.

-- Robb

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