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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!

  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

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

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.

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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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