First self designed piece of furniture #1: Almost built, getting close to the finishing stage

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Blog entry by drfixit posted 11-29-2009 04:09 AM 1408 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This is the first peice of furniture I have designed and built. It is a small table to sit between my parents two recliners. The slide out drawer will contain a small trash can that can be hidden when not in use. It is made of red oak. Trying to match some of the furniture thay have I made the profile around the top using the table saw, a 1/2” round over bit, and a 1/4” round nose bit. It still needs to be sanded down and will be stained pecan. The top is recessed for a piece of 1/4” glass after it is finished. I know I want to finish it with a satin sheen, but have not yet decided weather to use spray laquer or poly. Any suggestions are appreciated. Thanks!

-- I GIVE UP!!!! I've cut this @!&*!% board 3 times.... its still too short!

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#1 posted 11-29-2009 04:53 AM

If this table is going to be used in the living room between chairs then that means it will have drinks on it and be in contact with moisture at some level and frequently.

Regular nitrocellulose lacquer does not have very good durability. If you are going to use a lacquer then you need to go with a good pre-cat like MLCampbells MagnaMax. It is catalyzed at the store and only has a 3 month shelf life. Otherwise your best bet for long term durability is to stick with a polyurethane.

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Looking good so far, just gotta get over the finishing hump:)

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#2 posted 12-01-2009 12:36 AM

Very nice job

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