Ash Dinning Table #2: Finished Look

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Blog entry by TimberMan posted 12-09-2008 03:58 PM 1363 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Table Top Part 2 of Ash Dinning Table series Part 3: Legs, Apron, Attached Breadboard Ends »

I just snapped a few pictures of my test board. It only has 1 coat of chestnut gel stain applied. Probably start testing some sealers this weekend. I have never spayed before so I am now contimplating getting a sprayer. Was looking at the Earlex 5000 as a starter system just because I only have a PC pancake compressor and don’t think that will handle a spray gun.

It’s actually a little darken then in the pictures but the pictures pics up the tone right. I want it to be a brown tone with no red or orange.

I also put a few worm holes in to see how they would pick up the stain. I will have to do some distressing work on the table when it is finished being put together as I want to give it a rustic worn look.

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#1 posted 12-09-2008 05:02 PM

Unless your client wants a distressed look I would leave it, such a shame to take a chain and hammer to such a nice table top. The color looks great by the way.Give it a few years and it will be distressed on its own. Just my opinion. Thanks for posting.

-- All bleeding will eventually stop.

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#2 posted 12-09-2008 05:13 PM

My client is me. This is going to be my dinning table that I am putting in my log home. I don’t think it would really fit (look wise) with my house if I did not make it a bit rustic. I would have loved to make it out of chestnut with the worm holes and such but that was just way out of my price range.

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#3 posted 12-10-2008 02:07 AM

Hey have fun beating the hell out of it. I let my wife do it she seem to have more agression toward wood than I can muster. Can’t wait to see the finish product.

-- All bleeding will eventually stop.

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#4 posted 12-14-2008 04:49 PM

How about this, I have been woorking with Ash for awhile and putting an actual stain on the wood is not forgiving until I tried Watco’s Danish Oil (Dark Walnut). This is the finish I used for the chest I built for a fried you commented on. You will appreciate the ease of use and no fussy mess that follows with stains. Also, check out this link as it is very useful in coloring blotchy woods. I hope this helps. T answer the other question you had about the chest, the clear coat is Helmsman spar varnish that was buffed out between coats with ‘0000’ steel wool (approx 4 coats) and then waxed with a buffing wheel. (a combination of furniture paste wax from minwax and car polish from Mcquiar’s Gold Class liquid wax).

-- When you are at a point in life and you think there is nothing more to learn, then you must understand that you have learned nothing at all. Billy

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#5 posted 12-15-2008 04:15 AM

Thanks for the info. I had found the woodwhisperer’s video and tried it out on a scrap board that I have been playing with to determine the finish I want. I am actually looking at using a walnut finish over the technique that he mentioned.

Besides the color I really just want to make sure that the surface is durable and does not yellow. Also looking for very low to no sheen.

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#6 posted 01-07-2009 06:12 AM

Good luck on the finishing. Great talking to you on Friday.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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