New kitchen nook

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Project by FredIV posted 02-27-2012 07:41 PM 1907 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I finished my kitchen nook a few weeks ago. It took me a few weeks to finalize but it was well worth it. We had a round table and four chairs in a square space for 9 years. That never felt right for me. Now I can seat 6-8 people comfortably instead of 4. We love the rustic/weathered look, so I used pine to construct the tressle table and benches. I took a nice sharp chisel and hammer to rough it up a bit, then wiped stain across the whole piece. The benches and table top are 5/4” poplar from my local lumber yard. I love the way the stain came out. Poplar isn’t the easiest to stain but it totally fits the look that I was striving for. The benches are also trimmed out using the MLCS wainscotting bit. I love that tool/bit. I attached breadboards on the ends with glue and heavy duty dowel The table is a tressle table and I used mortise and tenon joints across the legs and stretcheers.

After paint and stain I used 3 coats of poly for added surface strength. Also, I now have added storage space which is a huge plus.

thanks for looking

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#1 posted 02-27-2012 08:32 PM

This turned out great.


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#2 posted 02-27-2012 08:43 PM

This came out really nice, what poly did you use? It looks like the top is still wet it so high gloss.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#3 posted 02-28-2012 12:05 AM

Authentic distressing, nice finish on the table top

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#4 posted 02-28-2012 05:32 AM

i was thinking of making a poplar table for my parents kitchen, since i came into about 300bf this past weekend… but was concerned about staining it.. , my first thoughts were going with a dark espresso color… what was your staining process and what brand and color did u use?

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#5 posted 02-29-2012 08:43 PM

martyroc – i used an oil based poly from minwax, clear gloss and fast drying. i put 3 coats on because i have a couple of young kids that will probably beat it up over time.

bullvictory – i used red chestnut from minwax. i happen to like the oil base stains and polys. the red chestnut accents my dark, redish cherry cabinets.

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