Dining Table in Walnut, Birdseye Maple, and Purpleheart

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Project by HumanFeatherboard posted 02-02-2021 06:44 PM 627 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
Dining Table in Walnut, Birdseye Maple, and Purpleheart
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Finished in high resin varnish

-- HFB

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#1 posted 02-02-2021 07:51 PM

wow now thats a high gloss you have more pics ?

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#2 posted 02-02-2021 08:31 PM

Sorry, that’s my only picture of that particular piece but I can describe the finishing process:

1. Sand it to 320 grit
2. Fill pores with Crystalac clear wood filler and re-sand
3. Several coats of high resin varnish*, sanding with 400 grit silicon carbide sandpaper lubricated with linseed oil between coats.
4. After final coat, progressively wet sand using increasingly finer grit sandpaper up to about 3000
5. Hand buff with linseed oil and pumice
6. Final polish with rottenstone and water.
7. A coat of bowling alley wax wouldn’t hurt.

  • I used a varnish product from Behlen – “Rockhard Tabletop Varnish”, sold through Rockler, which is no longer available thanks to the EPA standards everything has to meet these days. The high resin attribute of this product implies that it has more resin than oil which allows it to dry more brittle than flexible (the opposite of spar varnish), and stands up well to wet sanding producing a hard, smooth finish. If anyone knows of a suitable substitute for this with similar characteristics, i’d be grateful for the pointer.

Thank you for your comment.

-- HFB

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#3 posted 02-02-2021 11:54 PM

WOW! that’s a lot of work but ,WOW!, was it worth it. Beautiful…..

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

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#4 posted 02-03-2021 05:11 PM

Great idea. The maple skirt and legs make the top pop.

-- Jamie, Red Deer

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