Hall table - Curly Koa and Volga Blue Granite

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Project by savannah505 posted 12-29-2008 04:58 AM 3511 views 2 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well here it is, finally done, for all those who followed my earlier postings during construction. With 25 coats of polyurethane, and sanded soooooooo many times, and allowing about 2-3 days of drying time between sandings after each time I applied coats, about 3 – 4 coats per session. I used 3/4 of a gallon of poly in finishing this. Today after my final sanding, I took my buffmaster and polishing compounds and spent about 5 hours carefully buffing this out to a glass like finish. There ain’t enough O’s in smooth to describe the feel of the wood, it’s like glass, and I was able to watch the football game in it’s reflection. Yahoooo!! gotta love it. I then layed cork drawer liner across the top, (the kind you can get at home depot with the self adhesive glue on the bottom) this gives a nice grip and finish for the granite to sit on. Happy New Year to you all. – Dan

-- Dan Wiggins

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#1 posted 12-29-2008 05:25 AM

Awesooome job, Dan. The grain really pops and the granite top compliments it’s elegance. Thanks for sharing.

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

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#2 posted 12-29-2008 05:25 AM

This is a work of art!! Great job!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#3 posted 12-29-2008 05:28 AM

Great looking table. Nice job on the construction.

-- 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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#4 posted 12-29-2008 05:42 AM

What a Sweeeet table and the finish Sooo Smoooooth I love it Dan!

Now if you’d ship it too Weed Caiiforna 96094 in care of Rj. I’ll take real good care of it…....

Great job good buddy

-- Rj's Woodworks,San Jose & Weed Ca,

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#5 posted 12-29-2008 08:14 AM

That is simply beautiful.

-- The wood slayer - Yes dear I did plan to make more kindling out of that wood I have been drying for the last year - honest!

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#6 posted 12-29-2008 02:19 PM

Table looks great ,,,absolutely beautiful,,,

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Dan'um Style

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#7 posted 12-29-2008 02:32 PM

I like it

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#8 posted 12-29-2008 02:58 PM

Classy and a master class effort. You now have an heirloom.

-- Bill G - West Springfield, MA

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Dennis Zongker

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#9 posted 12-29-2008 03:15 PM

WOW!!! It turned out beautiful. Way to go Dan!!!

-- Dennis Zongker

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#10 posted 12-29-2008 03:20 PM

Fantastic wood, design, and finish!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#11 posted 12-29-2008 06:58 PM

Amazing, doesn’t get any better than that. Master work. Thanks!

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#12 posted 12-29-2008 09:11 PM

That is a gorgeous table.

I’m curious what benefit you see on going past 3-4 coats of poly, though.

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#13 posted 12-30-2008 12:07 AM

Thanks to all for your comments, much appreciated. To Jon – The benefits of doing a deep finish is just that, the depth effect, plus when buffing out with compounds to ensure that you don’t go through and hit wood, which is very easy to do with a thin coat, especially in corners. When you sand between coats, to get that flat finish, you probably remove half your depth or build up of finish each time you sand. I always spray my finishes, so they are going to be thinner than if I apply heavy coats with a brush, so I lose some to the atmosphere also. I used to shoot show bikes (harleys) so I prefer using my spray guns versus brushes or wipe-ons. I really like shooting automotive clears, but the cost these days is prohibitive, but there is one other reason I choose polyurethane for wood. The deep amber color of poly makes certain woods such as Koa, really stand out and glow with a richer look, at least thats my opinion. Thanks for asking.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#14 posted 12-30-2008 02:39 AM

Hi Dan,
Great looking work. I know that is takes some thought and effort to creat a piece that catches the eye and you have done it here.

JR and JR +Sandy

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#15 posted 12-30-2008 07:18 AM

Great job Dan! I love the way the curly grain pops out. You can tell that from the photos…I’m sure it’s eve more impressive actually seeing it.

Thanks for posting it.

-- Martin, Kansas

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