Nothing too special but the finish was a win on pine

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Project by BroncoBrian posted 07-11-2018 08:41 PM 1860 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My sister requested a sofa table with a live edge for a home in the mountains.

I ordered the legs from Etsy and the top was a very rough cut of pine from the Black Forrest fire in Colorado Springs. The top moved quite a bit over a year as expected and the edges were split out pretty badly. I guess flash heating to 2500 degrees will make a tree explode.

Some T-88 and too many passes at flattening the top left me with a thinner piece than I would have preferred, but I’ve got more for next time.

I used Amy Howard Dark Wax after treating the top with vinegar/steel wool treatment. The treatment grayed the wood nicely which really tones down the yellow/orange I was getting from test pieces. I was so annoyed with trying 5 different finished which all turned the wood highlighter yellow, I started to buff the wax on like shoe polish.

Worked great! Nice satin finish, sealed the wood, seems durable, and easily repairable in the future.

You can see the gray color in the 2nd image.

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#1 posted 07-11-2018 09:18 PM

Nice project. Interesting finish.

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#2 posted 07-11-2018 10:54 PM

Great job. Love the backstory on where you got the wood.

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Joe Lyddon

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#3 posted 07-12-2018 01:10 AM

COOL table… She will love it…

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Jim Jakosh

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#4 posted 07-12-2018 01:25 AM

Real nice table, Brian!!


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#5 posted 07-12-2018 02:23 AM

Great color, it’s hard to imagine that it’s pine. Good job.

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#6 posted 07-12-2018 02:32 AM

Pine usually doesn’t make a nice anything but you just proved that wrong. Nice save and great end result

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#7 posted 07-12-2018 04:26 AM

Thanks, everyone. I really hate what pine does when you add anything wet to it. The table looked great in my sister’s mountain home in Breckenridge. She was excited about it.

I would give that wax a try some time. You can buy it at Ace, it was very easy. I will grab a container of the medium brown as well. It does not require any poly or top coat. Got to love that!

-- A severed foot is the ultimate stocking stuffer.

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