Re: Yet another coffee table design
Thanks guys. Great idea on the curly maple or flamed birch! Here's a Sketchup revision with that idea. The legs and aprons are much lighter than they will be, I just don't have a darker birch-like colour to put in there. I have avoided drawers and shelves because in our house they'd just cram up.
Very nice table, Clint.
I better start thinking about finishing. I'm still at the two-finish beginner stage: (1) dye (sometimes), stain and polyurethane, or (2) "oil" + Minwax oil based polyurethane. I like polyurethane because it resists damage so well (our 5-coat bar is 7 years old and still looks great), but it does have a plasticky look, and I like the slightly aged look that the oil+poly create as the piece matures. I understand that dangers exist with mixing certain oil products with polyurethane, so obviously I've been merely lucky, since I've had no peeling/scratching problems so far. What would you suggest for this table, knowing it will be in a knock-about family home where fine furniture would not last? Shellac would be pointless. The mixed woods will be a bit of a challenge too: I usually like to treat the walnut with walnut Danish "oil" to preserve the dark colour against UV fade. Whatever I come up with will become my third option for finishing my projects.
Last edited by kerfin; 07-16-2012 at 06:55 AM.
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