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Added a picture from over 4 years later to show the depth of color the cherry has aged into. Got the clamps, still no mortising machine yet though, not as desperate a need as I thought.

I had the stock for this project in the shop for almost a year. Comissioned projects, stuff that was "needed" in the house, and other projects kept getting in the way. I managed to get a couple of days together with a weekend away from the JOB and was finally able to get this project out of my head and into pictures. It's built all from the same tree which was harvested after it fell during hurricane Isabel hit here in Southern MD. This was a challenging project for me and I learned quite a bit of different skills, drawers can be a real PITA with an offset dovetail into the inset piece of stock, I'll build a box next time and stick the face piece to it. Inlay was not as hard as I thought it would be, but it did take most of an afternoon figuring out the micro adjustments to get a 5mm bit to work with a 6mm inlay strip. Final finish is three coats of BLO & 3 shots of poly. Many thanks to those of you who reassured me that water based poly could be applied over BLO! Oh also decided I needed to buy some 6ft pipe clamps & I have to figure a way to convince my wife that a mortising machine is desperately needed…!

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Beautiful table, well done.
 

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Thanks!
 

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Very nice work, the cherry wood looks great.
 

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Nice details on the table and the finish looks great.
 

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Beautiful. The detail work is really nice. I didn't think water based poly could go over BLO, but obviously it does rather well. How long did you let the BLO cure before the poly went on? Did you seal it in with dewaxed shellac?
 

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Beautiful Elegant Table!
 

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Nice !!!
 

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Dan, this is really outstanding workmanship. The proportions and attention to detail are just stunning. Thanks a lot for posting this…
 

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Thanks Again to all !

Monkey, I didn't use any sort of seal coat, sanded to 220, 3 coats of BLO across a week maybe 2 days apart. after final layer of BLO there was some tackiness in areas that I didn't get wiped down well enough in the beading etc. I wiped/rubbed down the entire piece with mineral spirits to remove the excess build up and did a final sand at 320. Vacuumed every thing throughly, tacked off all the surfaces and hit it with Minwax water based poly-crylic shot from my $20 HVLP gun from EBAY. light sand with 600 between coats. after 3rd coat a light rub with 000 steel wool and then 2 coats of pastewax, (Yeah over kill on poly but it feels nice)
 

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Beautiful work, Dan. Real craftsmanship always shows.
 
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