Sculpted driftwoood coffee table build #2: Finishing Touches

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Blog entry by scruboak51 posted 03-17-2014 01:29 AM 1369 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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I’ve made good progress this week on the base for my coffee table. After splitting the larger chunk of wood down to size and doing some rough sanding, I decided to cobble together enough stuff for my router jig and set about getting ‘root’ side of this base leveled out.

The router jig may not be the best tool for this procedure. I’ve seen guys work wonders with a steady hand and big chainsaw. But it does work well enough and it’s quieter than the chainsaw and a bit harder to screw up.

I flattened the root to about an inch of it’s final dimensions. I’ve found that the garage floor is not level, so getting my jig level, means an out of level final product.

For the final flattening I’ll put this on my work-bench and repeat the procedure, taking a bit off the ‘top’ then flipping it and repeating for the ‘bottom’

Once flattened I cranked up the ROS and worked my way through the grits. There were a few tight areas where I had to sand by hand, but with redwood being fairly soft, the work was surprisingly quick.

Ready for finishing.

2 coats of Shellac later

Not too shabby; I’ve got about 7 hours into this, I’d say 2 of those were probably sunk on getting the router jig set up and flattening this out. I’ve got plans for a more permanent router jig, I seem to be getting enough use out of tool to warrant the investment.

That’s all for today; hopefully put another coat of shellac on this tonight, then hopefully work on getting this piece sold.

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#1 posted 03-18-2014 12:53 AM

Great job on this awesome piece of driftwood! Your redwood is more ‘finish friendly’ than mine was. It soaked up shellac like a sponge. Took 8-10 coats before it started to shine.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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