Those of you who have followed this blog for any length of time know that Les and I tend to work slowly. And, it’s not unusual for us to put aside an unfinished project due to being distracted by some new “bright shiny object.” (One might argue that this is evidence of old men being similar, in many ways, to children.)
We started our Asian inspired hall tables quite some time ago. We’ve both gotten tired of tripping over, navigating around and moving them out of the way. So we completed them.
Les’ table is all blood wood. Mine has a blood wood top and an ebonized walnut base. Our first plan was to finish them in sprayed lacquer but the weather just never proved to be cooperative. We opted to use a variety of finishes but the common thread was the use of Waterlox Original finish for the tops. Waterlox is a marvelous finish, one of the very best wiping varnishes on the market. But a word to the wise, it is a fairly expensive product and it doesn’t have a very long shelf life. The manufacturer recommends one year after purchase. Normally I look the other was at shelf life dates. But not on Waterlox! A final word of caution: Never, never shake it! (It polymerizes and when you entrain air, especially if you’re closing in or past the “use by”, you’re in for a big surprise – a can of semi-solid goop that can’t be re-solubilized.)
Now that we’ve had our little adventure in the realm of contemporary furniture, I expect that we’ll get back to the “old lookin'” stuff.