Mission/Craftsman style coffee table

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Project by jburklow posted 04-01-2015 12:09 PM 4690 views 14 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The table is quarter sawn white oak, it is 48” X 32” X 20” the finish is one that I have cobbled together from reading and experimenting over the past few years. I have included a few pictures in the various states of finish to show from start to finishIt completes the remake of the room. All the pieces in the room are of my creation, at this point there are only two pieces of furniture left in the house that I have not built and they are next on my list.

-- Jeff Midlothian. Texas.

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#1 posted 04-01-2015 01:10 PM

Nicely done. Table and chairs are classic looking.

-- T Loftus -- Just on the edge of common sense

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#2 posted 04-01-2015 01:30 PM

looks great

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#3 posted 04-01-2015 01:42 PM

Pieces look great together. The flecks/Rays really pop in the photos, I bet even more in person.
Well done woodworking and photography.
Nice job.

What is your recipe for the finish?

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#4 posted 04-01-2015 01:47 PM

You’re many pieces ahead of me on making everything in my house, but I’ll get there. The pierced shapes on the end slats looks great. Good job. I’d like to know your finish recipe too!

-- Douglas in Chicago -

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#5 posted 04-01-2015 01:51 PM

Good looking project. I agree the ray flecks really pop.

-- "I love it when a plan comes together" John "Hannibal" Smith

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#6 posted 04-01-2015 01:54 PM

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#7 posted 04-01-2015 03:58 PM

I have a had a few folks ask about the finish recipe so here you go:

the products used:
Transfast Dark Mission Brown Dye mixed in water per instructions.
Watco Danish Oil Light Walnut
Bullseye Amber Shellac
General Finish polyurethane water based top coat

Everything is sanded to 220 grit then I go over everything with a wet rag and allow it to dry which raises the grain. Then sand again with 220 grit to smooth it our.

The transfast dye is applied and it varies on how much goes onto the project as it penetrates differently. So I try to get to a uniform color (see the second picture). The dye dries quickly but I generally leave it over night.

Then the Watco Danish oil is applied generally just one coat. The Danish oil has to dry for 72 hours per mfg. instructions. I usually leave it at least that long but it varies with humidty.

The amber shellac is then applied and I usually apply two coats sanding with 320 grit in between coats.

Then the top coat goes on per instructions and I do 3 coats on the body and 5 coats on the top.

hope that helps feel free to contact me if you have any other questions!


-- Jeff Midlothian. Texas.

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#8 posted 04-01-2015 11:06 PM

Really nice, great work!

-- Paul Lemiski, Ontario Canada, Custom Wooden Rocking chairs and tables

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#9 posted 04-01-2015 11:49 PM

Jeff, you have created a very tranquil ambiance with your various pieces. It is all top notch and you should be extremely proud of/satisfied with your work. Thank you for sharing.

-- Art

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#10 posted 04-02-2015 11:02 AM

Very nice!! Arts and Craft style is my favorite style in which to build and admire and you do it very well.
Nice job, and the patterns in the rays look great.

-- oldreddog

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#11 posted 04-03-2015 01:47 AM

This just reinforces my fondness for Mission style. It looks great and one of these days I will work my way down my To-Do List to actually make some. Nice work, well done and lovely finish.

-- Dennis in Kenmore, WA -- So much wood, so little time.

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