"Paige Loves Bobby" Fir Table

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Project by Brawny posted 07-01-2014 01:16 PM 1393 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My buddy brought me some bleacher seats that were taken out of an old elementary school. As is illustrated by the graffiti on the bottom of one of the benches and the loads of gum (not shown) I scraped off in order to get back to raw wood.

Each bench section had 4 bolt holes that were used to secure the benches, instead of cutting these out, I used it as an opportunity to try my hand at in-lays for the first time. After much procrastination I finally just bit the bullet and let the chips fly. Some came out a bit tighter than others, but overall I am satisfied with the end result. I made each in-inlay and traced them individually with a marking knife to try and get the best fit. I under estimated the softness of fir, thus why some of the in-lays were not as tight around the edges as I would have liked.

I was a bit concerned about how open pored the walnut appears next to the fir, if anyone has any suggestions for dealing with this type of thing in an in-lay situation, that would be appreciated. I didn’t know if taping them off and filling them would work or…....

Criticism is welcome.

-- The day I know it all, is the day I die.

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#1 posted 07-01-2014 01:42 PM

Looks good, nice workmanship.

-- Chris K

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#2 posted 07-02-2014 04:35 AM

That is so cool “paige loves bobby” lol – Where is that on the table?

I have found that wet sanding works well on walnut. Go with maybe 200 then 320 , 400 & a bit of oil finish. That should serve to fill those pours. Did you use an oil based finish on this project? I just rub it in with watco danish oil or BLO. Dont’t wipe it really in between coats, gotta let it set in and just repeat until you’re happy.

I love it by the way!

-- Joseph, Irvine CA, @palas_woodcraft on Instagram

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#3 posted 07-02-2014 12:30 PM

Thanks Chris and Joseph,

Technically it would be on the bottom somewhere near on of the ends, but it got removed in the planing operation :( . I sanded up to 220 and then used my card scraper on the walnut diamonds. This helped close the pores a bit, but not entirely. The finish is GF HP Poly, so no not oil. I was anxious to use my new sprayer and had that leftover from another project. I think you’re right, that an oil based or perhaps a higher solids finish could have helped here. Appreciate the feedback.

-- The day I know it all, is the day I die.

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