Some may be inconsiderate, but I believe most just don't know any better. I
think the responsiblity lies with the host. Provide plenty of coasters,
placed where people are most likely to put their drinks. It's really a
stretch to consider someone inconsiderate for using an object such as a
table for exactly the purpose it was intended, and in fact in exactly the
way that most tables are used. The problem is with the finish selected and
its inablity to stand up to normal uses. Can't really fault the
unsuspecting guest for not being as well informed about these things as the
this is a good point. I had envisioned for the original post that this
table was sort of set aside on display and that the guests were told "this
is my newest piece etc." If the table was simply incorporated into the
overall house furniture then true you can't really blame guests for putting
their drinks on it.
Depends on what they're drinking. If it's beer, then you can serve them in
those foam cooler wraps. I think there might be some higher end plastic
glasses around that don't sweat the way ordinary glass does, but I don't
remember where I've seen them. Only other solution is to place a waterproof
cover on the table. There's some really good looking ones available if you
go that route, but then it won't be as easy to show off your new project.
I saw some "table runners" at the store yesterday that had some sort
of plastic-type coating on the underside. The visible side was nicely
woven, and came in several colors/prints. They didn't cover the whole
table, just a good portion of the center- but they looked nice, and
something like that would reduce the chances of the finish getting
damaged while still allowing people to see at least some of the
project. You can't protect it from everything that way, but it skews
the odds in your favor a little.
You could also get a sheet of plate glass to lay over the top. Easy
to clean, and completely waterproof. Last one I saw was about $60,
but that'll vary depending on how thick the glass is, what the
dimentions of the top are, and whether or not the glass is beveled. I
believe standard practice when doing this is to place some small
spacers between the table and the glass (felt is what I've seen most
often, but suction cups get used a lot for this as well.)
Have read several reports of plastic reacting with topcoats. Believe
Jeff Jewitt calls it "plasticizing". Search
www.homesteadfinishing.com for that word or plastic.
On Sat, 28 May 2005 06:34:57 -0500, Prometheus
You can own your furniture, or it can own you.
Forget about trying to educate everyone. You might get through to some,
but you definitely won't get through to others. After you're dead you won't
get through to anyone. Your work of art will be forever vulnerable.
The first pepper mill I ever made took me forever. (Okay, two weeks.)
I did a pretty good job and put a nice finish on it. I have a wife and two
children, and fifteen years later I still can't get them to wash and dry
their hands before using it. I've scraped all sorts of dried food bits off
it over the years, but I'm not going to hide it away. I made it because I
wanted fresh ground pepper. I decided that if it gets too ruined that I
can't stand it any more, I'll make another one, and it'll be even better. I
thought about making one for each person, but I just know that won't work
It's a shame there's a mark on your project so soon after you made it.
Entropy is unstoppable. The best you can hope to do is exert some
influence. I look at the underside of my crappy tables (where all the
scribbling is) and know that these things are going to happen no matter what
Sorry, I don't have any good advice for you. All I can do is
- Owen -
Another alternative is the Nissan Thermos JCE350, which has the advantage
that (a) it keeps cold drinks cold, (b) it keeps hot drinks hot, (c) drips
get caught before the get to the table, and (d) if you pull the glass liner
out the stainless steel insulator is an exact fit on a standard 12-ounce
soda or beer can.
There's also a JCA350 that has a commuter-mug top instead of the glass
liner--otherwise they are the same. Note one is JC_E_, the other is JC_A_.
Very, very nice, and really works--a can of soda will stay cold for hours.
Like hell it does. I put my hot coffee in there one morning, then some
cold soda on top for a break later in the day. When I opened it an hour
later, they were both about room temperature. And the layers got mixed too.
On Thu, 02 Jun 2005 17:24:38 GMT, the inscrutable Patrick Conroy
I love that guy. Here is a page of his best stuff:
"Not always right, but never uncertain." --Heinlein
http://www.diversify.com Wondrous Website Design
When I lived in Manhattan during the Eighties, I spent some time going
out with his old girl friend.
One night he showed up while we were having dinner.
He wasn't funny.
I was tempted to say to him:
"You can't have everything, where would you keep it?"
I restrained myself.
Tom Watson - WoodDorker
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