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Walnut table – finished!

Walnut table – finished!

I correctly applied 3 coats of Waterlox original formula and ended up with a perfect finish. No shellac, no boiled linseed oil, etc, just pure Waterlox. Adding the iron legs made the table complete. Ready for use - an heirloom piece that will hopefully be around for...

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Table finish – redo!

Table finish – redo!

  Because the finish was soft, it was clear to me that this table was not going to hold up to a family of 4. I contacted Waterlox technical and they told me the bad news - I had not properly applied the finish. Basically my technique was tainted by bad...

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Table build phase 3

Table build phase 3

Finally Im ready to finish the table top. I did a fair bit of research on the internet, hoping to try something other than a simple oil finish. I ended up with the following: 3 coats of boiled linseed oil, 3 coats of ruby toned shellac, and 5 coats of Waterlox...

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Table build – phase 2

Table build – phase 2

Two boards running perpendicular in grain will serve as breadboards to give the table the proper overall length. In this photo you can see the bark that I removed with a draw knife. The live edge was cleaned up with a card scraper and sand paper. I custom made tenons...

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Table build – phase 1

Table build – phase 1

I planed these boards by hand with a Stanley #7 tri-plane. Honestly I could have done without the clamps as the boards were so true that these 66" boards joined together perfectly. The final step of this phase is to true up the ends of the table in order to install...

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Lichtenberg burnings

Lichtenberg burnings

A hobby that I have taken up is that of burning wood with electricity. Not for the faint of heart, this process uses 4000 volts to burn a random pattern in wood. In this picture are examples of black walnut (sapwood), cherry, black walnut and another board of sapwood....

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