coffee table

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Project by horsefly posted 10-11-2010 04:49 PM 1644 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife wanted a large coffee table made from quilted maple. This unit is 4ft square and made with resawn quilted maple I found on line. I used Baltic Birch plywood for the base and glued the maple to it. The surround is Goncalo Alves (Tigerwood). The apron is quilted maple and the legs are tiger (curly) maple.
For a finish, I sealed the wood with a .5lb cut of dewaxed shellac, followed with a burnt umber glaze, then three coats of high gloss poly, hand rubbed to get the desired sheen.
A couple of notes for those not yet experienced with highly figured woods…...
1- Don’t try to dimension figured wood (such as quilted maple, walnut burl, etc.) on a planer…due to the grain configurations, the surface will chip out and give you divets where you don’t want them!! I perform this task with a drum sander, often requiring MANY passes thru the sander.
2- I have found that to get the best “hand-rubbed” appearance when using poly, it is best to avoid the semi-gloss and satins since they contain flateners which often give a cloudy appearance when finished. I have better luck using the high gloss then buffing the last coat with 0000 steel wool. Of course, be sure and sand lightly between coats for good adhesion as specified by the manuf.
In conclusion, I only use poly when building a piece that will be subjected to wear or abuse.
For everyone who already knew all this….my apologies for the boredom.

-- Bob, Maine"The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not". Thomas Jefferson

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#1 posted 10-11-2010 04:51 PM

Beautiful table well done

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#2 posted 10-11-2010 08:50 PM

Great job, love the wood choice…

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#3 posted 10-12-2010 11:17 AM

Great looking table love the wood!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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