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WoodMag

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10-01-2018 01:38 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question pine sander finishing rustic

I’m trying to determine the best method to finishing this table.

Option 1: Complete one side entirely (sanding, sealing, staining…etc) first then flip it over and complete the second side.

Option 2: Sand and then flip. Sand and flip. Seal and flip. Seek and flip. Essential performing each step on each side.

Option 3: Sand and seal then flip. Sand and seal then flip again. Stain and flip.

My concern is when the table rest on the bottom that the weight of the table may dent or scuff the bottom side. Anyone have a suggestions?


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#1 posted 10-01-2018 04:32 PM

I did a large slab a number of years ago. Anytime I needed to flip, I had to call the wife out to the shop to help. If I recall correctly, I sanded everything before starting to finish. I finished the bottom first and let it cure for a week. Then I flipped it and blocked it up so that I could get underneath around the edges. I then finished the top and edges and reached underneath the slab to “blend” with the bottom finish. My logic, nobody sees the bottom and rarely will they touch the bottom face more than 6 or 8” from the edge.

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WoodMag

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#2 posted 10-01-2018 05:11 PM



I did a large slab a number of years ago. Anytime I needed to flip, I had to call the wife out to the shop to help. If I recall correctly, I sanded everything before starting to finish. I finished the bottom first and let it cure for a week. Then I flipped it and blocked it up so that I could get underneath around the edges. I then finished the top and edges and reached underneath the slab to “blend” with the bottom finish. My logic, nobody sees the bottom and rarely will they touch the bottom face more than 6 or 8” from the edge.

- LittleShaver

I’m right with you on calling over someone to help. This slab weighs about 400 lbs so I have to call my neighbor over to help do I was reluctant to keep calling him over every day to flip it. He would be happy but if it was unnecessary…

I’m going to take your advice and finish the bottom first and then flip it.

As you can tell from the image the table is outdoors and is dusty due to the horses we have next door. Did you cover your slab for sealing, staining, finishing? If so how?

I was considering using a giant tarp to cover everything and have the 2×4’s to hold it up off the table. Kind of like a make shift tent while it dries.

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#3 posted 10-01-2018 07:35 PM

If it was mine, I would complete all of the sanding on both sides. You really don’t want have finish on one side while you are sanding the other, that is disaster right there. Then I would start with the underside and apply all of the stain and finish that I am going to on the bottom. Then I’d flip it and finish the top side and hopefully if there were any lessons to be learned, they were learned on the bottom. Be very careful with the edges so that finish or stain doesn’t run over the edge to the side you are not working on.

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WoodMag

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#4 posted 10-01-2018 07:57 PM



If it was mine, I would complete all of the sanding on both sides. You really don t want have finish on one side while you are sanding the other, that is disaster right there. Then I would start with the underside and apply all of the stain and finish that I am going to on the bottom. Then I d flip it and finish the top side and hopefully if there were any lessons to be learned, they were learned on the bottom. Be very careful with the edges so that finish or stain doesn t run over the edge to the side you are not working on.

- bondogaposis

Thank you. Very good point on sanding again with a sealed/stained side. There is going to be a lot of dust flying around.

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