Stickley Dining Table no. 622 #3: Finish: Fuming, Waiting, and Shellac

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Blog entry by gizmodyne posted 07-16-2008 04:42 AM 6279 reads 2 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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After about one week of sanding. It took forever!

I will be attaching the top with countersunk lag screws.

The holes are over sized to handle movement. The screws will only bite into the top.

I put the base together to test it.

I built a large tent this time from plywood strips and extra bender board left over from the garden.

Here is a shot of the table going into the tent.

Suited up for ammonia.

Here are the test pieces. Left to Right: After four hours with no finish, with Boiled Linseed Oil, 6 hours with BLO

It has been humid here, so I waited a few days for the air to dry out. I use a first coat of very thin shellac.
Here is a shot with one leg assembly first coated.

Wet top.

After all parts coated once.

The colors are very different in the florescent lights. Here is a shot with natural light and the flash.

Next time : a little dye and blending? More shellac, poly for the top, wax…

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#1 posted 07-16-2008 04:53 AM

I love the look of the fumed finish. Just no nerve to try it (or a place to do it safely either. Looks like a nice solid piece. What are the overall dimensions?

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#2 posted 07-16-2008 04:54 AM

The top is 40 inches wide by almost 7 feet long.

4 inch square legs.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#3 posted 07-16-2008 05:08 AM

Looks great.

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#4 posted 07-16-2008 05:22 AM

I really like QS White oak. The rays on the legs and top are really sweet!

-- Scott - Chico California

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#5 posted 07-16-2008 12:31 PM

Sweet table Giz, it’s looking good

-- I've cut that board three times and it's still too short!

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#6 posted 07-16-2008 02:11 PM

Looking great.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#7 posted 07-16-2008 02:38 PM

Very sharp!

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#8 posted 07-16-2008 08:32 PM

Great work!

Thanks for the post


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#9 posted 07-16-2008 10:12 PM

Awesome! That is one solid and beautiful looking table. Like others have said the medulary rays of the QSWO is stunning. I love working with it. Are those legs quadralinear construction?

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#10 posted 07-17-2008 01:00 AM

Looks Great! (Has anyone tried anything different to fume with, like vinegar? Your project may smell like a salad for a while but I have heard it works.) I love seeing just a hint of flake. Too much can be very distracting. I believe this was the point of fuming in the first place, soften the flake.
I like the method you used to attach the top. Gus used iron figure 8’s allowing the top to move. One screw up into top the other down into the end grain of the leg.


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#11 posted 07-17-2008 01:37 AM

BFD: The legs are veneered on two sides so the rays show. I cut 1/4” veneer.

Daltons: I did not want to use the figure 8. I was afraid I would just lift up the top one day and pull them out. I wanted to use something beefier.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#12 posted 07-17-2008 08:25 AM

I’ll just stick to what I said before: That’s gonna be a heck of a dining table!

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#13 posted 07-17-2008 06:09 PM

Giz – that’s going to be an awesome table!!! I am jealous of the amount of time you have for your projects. I can barely make a few cuts in the time it takes you to build a table!

From those pictures above there didn’t look to be a discernable color difference b/w 4 and 6 hrs. After your recent experiences do you have a recommended fuming time.

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#14 posted 07-17-2008 08:38 PM

Thanks Fireball,

I feel like this is taking forever.

The 6 hour is a bit darker.

I like about 6 hours for fuming. I have not been patient enough to go beyond that. I will try with a smaller project someday.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#15 posted 07-21-2008 01:07 AM

BFD, I totally understand the fear of figure 8’s not standing up to the job but I have had 8 foot Gus directors tables with eight quarter tops held by these and they worked fine. I have also had standard multiple drawer library tables with 7/8 inch thick tops and they work in this case as well. They do seam wimpy but they really do the job. I don’t think they make the original cast iron type anymore. All I have seen is stamped steel.


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