1/4 Sawn White Oak table - Rubio finish

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Project by LoganN posted 01-06-2018 06:43 PM 5378 views 6 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I got hired to build a kitchen table for some people who were referred to me by friends. I met with them and after talking came up with QSWO to match an old church pew they use for seating. I came up with a leg design that would allow them to get in and out from the table without banging knees on the base. They wanted a matte finish and I wanted to try Rubio Monocoat, so we settled on that for the finish. I got some samples and found a color they liked and went from there. The top is a fairly standard breadboard end table. 5/4 thick and sanded to 180. The Rubio monocoat 2C I used (chocolate color) was easy to use and came out beautifully. I will definitely use it again – I spread it on and wiped it off according to the directions and 24 hours later I did a light buffing on it.
Thoughts on Rubio A. It is easy to mix and apply. B. It is darn forgiving in terms of messing up and/or repairing (I didn’t sand as well as I had bought in some places). C. It looks great on the QSWO table. D. You need to have a really well sanded area – because there is no finish afterwards to hold stray splinters down you need to make sure they are all taken care of before hand.
The legs were finished with a darker gel stain (as the customer requested) and separated with 2 coats of flat lacquer. It is also white oak with 8/4 legs and 4/4 interior pieces. I did a saddle joint at the top and dominoes for all other joints. I’m particularly happy with the single leg design. I made the angled pieces behind the legs to keep the table from rocking back and forth and it works like a charm, plus it will allow the table to expand and contract with temp changes.

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#1 posted 01-06-2018 07:41 PM

That is beautiful. I really like the legs. I have to wonder why you didn’t sand any finer than 180. Is there a reason for that?

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#2 posted 01-06-2018 07:42 PM





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#3 posted 01-06-2018 08:59 PM

Thanks – I love the legs and design as well!
Jason – I’m not even sure why I wrote that. I actually used my ROS to 150 and then hand sanded at 220. I didn’t go any finer than that though because, from what I read, the monocoat bonds better with a lower grit sanding. The finer the grit the less dark it gets.

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#4 posted 01-07-2018 02:43 AM

Nice looking table. Well done. Now I have to run off and google this finish. ;)

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#5 posted 01-07-2018 05:10 AM

Nice looking table. I have used the Rubio Monocoat a couple times and just love the look it gives to wood. I agree with how forgiving it is.

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#6 posted 01-07-2018 05:13 AM

Looks great , well built and super design.


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#7 posted 01-07-2018 11:58 AM


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#8 posted 01-07-2018 10:13 PM

Logan, this is a fantastic design and the craftsmanship is top notch as well. Thanks for sharing.

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#9 posted 01-09-2018 10:08 PM

gee all the cool things have been said – I will just to say I too love the leg design and simple elegance of the whole project. Nice work indeed…

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