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10-01-2020 02:00 PM

Dear All,

First time woodworker learning step by step. Built an end table and made eight thousand mistakes (perhaps more). Im happy about it actually because each mistake taught me so much. Nothing went as planned in the whole process. But it was a hell of a lot of fun and cannot wait to continue.

I am going to continue building a nesting table or two under it, to continue experiment and learning with the project.

BUT I am scared to finish it. There is so much to process both in reading and varying opinions on finishing that it is where I would like to solicit some sage counsel, as opposed to learning from a mistake – which will take a dark left turn in the finishing department.

How would you recommend I finish this table – which will hold cups of tea and books?

Again, I know I made a million mistakes when you see the picture.


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#1 posted 10-01-2020 02:20 PM

I think one of the easiest foolproof finishes for someone learning or advanced is General Finishes Arm r Seal. Rub on 2 or 3 coats, let it cure, and it brings out the grain and is tough as nails.

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#2 posted 10-01-2020 02:39 PM



I think one of the easiest foolproof finishes for someone learning or advanced is General Finishes Arm r Seal. Rub on 2 or 3 coats, let it cure, and it brings out the grain and is tough as nails.

- SMP


+ 1 On the Arm R Seal.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#3 posted 10-01-2020 03:03 PM

Thanks for the tip. I am in Germany so will find the equivalent.

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#4 posted 10-01-2020 03:31 PM


Thanks for the tip. I am in Germany so will find the equivalent.

- dsg10715

Oh in Germany you should also be able to find Osmo PolyX or Ardvos Livos oil finishes if no GF

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#5 posted 10-01-2020 03:32 PM

Ardvos is what Dieter Schmid is selling so that sounds like where I will take the plunge!

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#6 posted 10-01-2020 03:42 PM



Ardvos is what Dieter Schmid is selling so that sounds like where I will take the plunge!

- dsg10715

Das klingt gut!

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#7 posted 10-01-2020 03:42 PM

DSG, you’ve already got your answer from the other LJ’s but I have to tell you your first table looks much better than my first table, Welcome to LJ’s and don’t let the fears get in the way of sawdust, you’re doing great!

-- I've decided 1 mistake is really 2 opportunities to learn.. learn how to fix it... and learn how to not repeat it

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#8 posted 10-01-2020 04:21 PM

Mu mistakes invigorated me and gave me profound respect for learning to measure. Thank you for the encouragement but if you saw how many shims I had to spend days cutting to fill dovetails, and the massive tearout followed by hours of card scrapping – well…..

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#9 posted 10-01-2020 04:33 PM

I think the moment I first felt like a woodworker is when I really screwed up and stopped to think “how can I get past this”. Previously I would just get mad and break stuff. Now a bad outcome is always a learning moment.

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#10 posted 10-01-2020 04:35 PM

I got three PhD’s of learning from this table. Maybe more accurate to say I got my report card from kindergarten…

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#11 posted 10-01-2020 11:09 PM

+1 on the finishes mentioned all good quality and easy for a beginner to do,it’s what i use.as far as mistakes dont worry and keep making them,their the best teacher you can have.your tables look great.welcome to lj’s.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#12 posted 10-01-2020 11:17 PM



I got three PhD’s of learning from this table. Maybe more accurate to say I got my report card from kindergarten…

- dsg10715

The guys that are woodworking masters have just made more mistakes than any of us.

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#13 posted 10-02-2020 03:51 AM

I will post the pics when I finish the nesting (including all the mistakes and how I did jiu jitsu on them). Thanks for all the advice, it was really helpful on the finishing!

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