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Not forgotten – just finally complete

December 9, 2016

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.

Old dogs, New tricks – continued

January 28, 2016

Finishing touches are being completed.  The slab is receiving several (three to four) coats of 1 pound cut shellac (super blonde) which will act as a sealer.  After a final “rubbing”, a good waxing will be applied. Several butterflies were inlaid to to stop checks.  The butterflies were made from Swiss Pear, which is extra-ordinarily fine grained and tough.  Also, it’s very similar in color to the Bocote sapwood, when finished.


We departed from our normal method of inlaying by hand and opted to use a commercial template and a Whiteside “inlaying” kit to make the mortises and butterflies.  A word of caution:  make sure that you double check the set up when changing from mortising to cutting the inlays.  Enough said!

The base has really exceeded our expectations in terms of stability.  The use of sliding dovetails to join the short, lower stretchers to the main, lower stretcher has help to create a very strong, rigid structure while maintaining a “light” look.  The base, which is ash, will be finished with four coats of “rubbed” Boiled linseed oil (the first being thinned with turpentine).  The BLO gives the ash a lovely golden color.


In a week or so, we’ll be ready to assemble the top and put this table to work, standing guard in the hallway.  For anyone who’s curious about dimensions, the table height is 30″

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