I made some progress on my bedside tables (I need to make two of these
suckers). This is my first time working with tiger maple (aka chip-out
The basic design came from a Stickley bedside table, but was modified.
I still need to make the drawer pulls and tops (both from walnut). The
pulls will be half of an ellipse (1/2" thick).
Let me know what you think of my progress.
Despite their Stickley origins, they appeal to my modern aesthetic.
Without question, they are my favorite Garage Woodworks pieces to
date. I love the wood - black walnut and tiger maple were meant to go
together. Personally, I think you should finish with Danish oil and
wax but I suspect you have other thoughts...
Thank you. I still need to crank out two lids and the pulls.
The intention on this project was always to have contrasting drawer fronts
with the walnut tables, but at the beginning I wasn't sure about which
I was also considering spalted maple, but my lumber yard didn't have it, so
tiger it was.
I have been really happy with the Minwax Tung Oil finish, but maybe I need
to start broadening my finishing techniques. Hmmm.
I make my own - one third linseed, one third tung and one third poly
varnish. Others use 25% for each oil and 50% varnish. Just make sure
that's 100% tung oil. Woodcraft sells it. That will give you the look
and softness of an oil finish with the strength of poly. The great
thing about it is the ease of application.
For the first coat, I brush it on, wait fifteen minutes then wipe it
off. The wood will absorb a great deal of finish. Wipe it off with a
clean cotton rag. Dispose your rags properly. They will catch fire if
For each ensuing coat, I apply the oil finish with a clean rag then
wet sand with 600 grit. You can increase the grits with each coat but
600 works on every application. I wipe those coats off quickly with a
clean cotton rag.
After several coats apply a finishing wax. (I use MinMax).
People constantly tell me my wood feels soft. In any other context,
that would be an insult but I generally accept the compliment.
Something to think about if you want people to tell you that your
wood's soft, too.
I offer this only as a suggestion/idea for next time (or anyone else who
cares), but when I built my bedside tables I extended the tops about 3"
over one side. The left side table I extended the top over the right
edge, and the right side table over the left side edge. About 4" below
that extension I added a shelf running front to back. Gives SWMBO and I
a place to keep our remote controls without having to clutter the table
top. Works for us.
P.S. Yours are lookeeng good man.
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