Coffee Table: Update

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Donn
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We moved the coffee table from the shop to its new home, our living room. Many of you commented on the table's unusual shape, and it is unique - but, this is what my wife wanted. It certainly would not work with a traditional sofa, but I think it works well with our sectional sofa. As to the finish schedule, I used a paste made from Timbermate as the initial grain filler, followed by sanding to 220; I then made a mix of Old Masters Grain Filler and Minwax Weathered Oak Stain (2 parts Old Masters, 1 part Minwax Stain). I did not sand after the application of this mixture, but I did rub it out with clean cloths after about 15 minutes. The next day I started applying multiple coats of Minwax Wipe on Poly (Clear Satin). I can't recall exactly how many coats I applied, at least six. After every second coat, I sanded with a 1000 grit pad on a Festool finish sander. My wife is delighted with the result, therefore I am happy, too!

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Martin Roper

Martin
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The shape is perfect for that room.

What's the purpose of the bottom platform? I could see myself spewing some $@*&#!! language stubbing my toes on that.
 

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Donn
Corporate Member
The shape is perfect for that room.

What's the purpose of the bottom platform? I could see myself spewing some $@*&#!! language stubbing my toes on that.
Martin, the plan is to put some sort of storage baskets under the table, at least that I what I am told. In retrospect, perhaps I should have made the bottom shelf a few inches small than the table top...only time will tell!
 

blackhawk

Brad
Corporate Member
Donn - Looks great! Did you turn the legs also?

Do you have any tips on the Minwax Wipe On Poly? What do you use to apply it? I used it once for a kid's table that I refinished. I put on 6 coats but could never get an even sheen. I've also tried it on a turned bowl with similar results. I've used Minwax brush on poly for over 25 years and love it. I just can't get the hang of the wipe on.
 

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Donn
Corporate Member
Donn - Looks great! Did you turn the legs also?

Do you have any tips on the Minwax Wipe On Poly? What do you use to apply it? I used it once for a kid's table that I refinished. I put on 6 coats but could never get an even sheen. I've also tried it on a turned bowl with similar results. I've used Minwax brush on poly for over 25 years and love it. I just can't get the hang of the wipe on.
Brad, I did turn the legs (thanks for asking). I am not a "Turner", in fact this is the first time I have actually used anything I turned in a project. I purpose made the turning simple, therefore repeatable. Overall, I am pleased...that said, if you placed all three turnings side by side you would find they are very similar, but not identical; the separation between them works to great advantage.

Regarding the application of the poly, I use a foam brush for the first several coats, but when I get to the final two coats, I have found it is much easier for me to get a smooth finish by using a cloth to apply very light coats.
 

Bill Clemmons

Bill
Corporate Member
Very nice, Donn. I think the little fellow in the second pic is eying the bottom platform as a nice place for a dog bed.
 
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