I am making a 27" x 43.25" table 17" high. Basic frame, with a 3" skirt, some 2-1/2" square legs which will have a slight taper to them with a few 3/4x3/4 vertical stiles at the ends (Mission style) and a stretcher running longitudinally down the middle, likely a piece of 4/4 x 7".
The frame will hold a slab of Meganite Euphoria Boulder (809) covering the bulk of the table top (recessed into frame till almost flush) leaving a border of cherry about 3" wide. My daughter picked the colour, it reminded her of Thailand somehow..and she's been shipping stuff to herself which gives me a bit of a feel of what she likes.. a blend between mission and oriental..ohhhhkay? <G>
I will be finishing the frame with Sikkens AutoCryl clear with about 35% sheen by adding some matting compound. It will make for a durable surface, the rest of the parts..probably a Poly of some sort. The skirt is attached with pocket screws (got to love that new Krell K3 jig's front clamp and dust collection). The corners are held together by some serious steel brackets which will hold the removable leg/end sections (the stretcher to be attached with some screws from the bottom)
So here's the question. Do you guys sand and finish all your parts and pieces prior to assembly...or assemble first, then sand and spray.... because I can see the ups and downs of either way, but I appreciate your collective views, I am hoping to be swayed into one direction or the other. In my production days we did it the fastest way for the job at hand, but this is furniture and I am inclined to think that a more homogenous 'look' can be had if doesn't look 'assembled'.... Oh..and NO stain...<G>