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I just finished my end table project and I'm ready for peer review.
This is the 2nd time I've made this table. Things get better with practice and then some things get worse. I think it depends more on the day and your mood than your skill.
It was, however, the first time I've sprayed polyurethane. I loved it! I won't dread that step as much as I used to anymore.

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yeah that grain pattern is wild. you might wanna try using an oil first to really pop the grain even more.nice work.
 

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Looks good to me. That lumber
is beautiful for sure.
 

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wowza, what a beautiful pc, WO, puts some of the other woods to shame when done right
thanks for the project nice design for sure.
rj in az
 

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Wowser, can you say Ray Fleck prominent. That WO is some Big Bad Azz kinda stuff. Very well used I might add.

Nice work.
 

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excellent usage of what Nature has to offer.
 

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Great looking table with some wild grain patterns. Well done.
 

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Beautiful work and the wood choice is excellent!
Well done!
 

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excellent use of the figure , the bookmatch is fantastic, looks like a tree.
I love figured wood, and it's easy to overdo it, it's also easy to make it disappear, you did a great job of holding the line.
 

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Thanks guys. I do like the wood grain but I also admit that the top may be over done. I'm super happy with how the bookmatching turned out on the side panels though.
Originally the other side of the top was going to face up, but that has even more figure in it. At the last minute I reversed it and had to do some extra sanding and machining to get the bottom surface up to snuff. But by having to do that I discovered that having some stain on QSWO really helped me see where I needed to sand more. It's a technique I'm going to use on upcoming projects.
 

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Nice table. Like a sawyer friend of mine says, "Oak never goes out of style". Mind sharing what stain you used?
 

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I use a 2:1 mix of Minwax Early American and Red Mahogany.
 

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That is some tasty wood!! Good work
 

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Beautiful. The grain is incredible. I agree about the side panels, they add a nice touch. Very good job…

PS - You mentioned that you sprayed the polyurethane. What did you use for a thinner? Just wondering…
 

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Well, being ignorant of all things spraying, I didn't use a thinner. My HVLP manual said oil based liquids should be the consistency of room temperature syrup. I judged polyurethane to be thinner than that.
Don't know for sure I was right, but it worked good.
 

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great work i love me some great figured oak its my close 2nd my next favorite wood is figured or crotch walnut i love how the woods natural figure speaks for itself
 
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