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    So do I Dan ๐Ÿ™‚

    #14347

    Starting a new project is fun, but finishing a project is equally fun.

    I recall episode 15 of the coffee table project where Paul stated that most people get nervous when applying a finish. I am one of those. The finishing took some time because I made mistakes. When a can of Varnish tells you to use a brush or a paint roller, then apparently a cloth is not good enough. You also have to use the right brushes and rollers.

    Anyhow, the finish is:

    – sanding sealer (Ubeaut)
    – Aqua Marine Varnish (Epifanes)
    – Bees wax (Wiertz)

    I am happy with the result. Sure it’s far from perfect, but it’s my own design and made with mostly my own hands. I still consider myself a novice. The spouse is happy by the way. She even likes the protruding tenons.

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    #14351
    Ken
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    Michael,
    Coffee table looks great buddy, very nice work. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Make sure to send it to the gallery

    #14352

    Thanks Ken and I will.

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    jgust747
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    Good job it looks great

    Dallas, Texas

    #14357
    Steve Follis
    Participant

    Very nice job Michael, the finish looks great!

    Memphis, Tennessee

    #14358
    George Bridgeman
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    Only just noticed this thread. Nice work!

    George.

    "To know and not do is to not know"

    #14359

    I received a comment on another forum about the extension of the protruding tenons. They should haven been half the size. I made them around 1/2″ because Paul said so. What do you guys think about the length of the protruding part?

    I tend to agree with the comment though.

    #14360
    Ken
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    Hi Michael,
    I can only go off my personal preference buddy, but yes they would be to long for me.

    #14370
    Mark Armstrong
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    It is down to preference: you could even add another feature by putting a tusk through tenon that is a wedge basically.
    Don’t worry about being different.
    All looks good to me well done.

    Dagenham, Essex, England

    #14373
    aledpugh
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    Hey Michael.
    It looks great. I like the pinning of the legs to apron as well.
    Well done

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    Steve Follis
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    Michael

    There always comes a time when you have to allow your projects to be “finished”. Otherwise we will just keep on adjusting and tweeking and never getting to that completed stage. Personally I think it is fine like it is, it is a very impressive piece. If you see something you want to make different, do it on the next one. That is what this is all about, just keep making improvements as we grow in our craft.

    Memphis, Tennessee

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    cpetersen1970
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    Looks great! As for the tenons, “should” is subjective; if you like them, then that is *exactly* how they “should” look.

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    phill-k
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    Looks nice Micheal, can you tell me is the top just solid timber or does it have an edging? I like the proportions of the top to the rest of the table.

    Northland, New Zealand

    #14386

    Thank you all. And @Steve: you are spot on ๐Ÿ™‚ With every new piece you improve something. Even the Greene and Greene brothers kept evolving. Looking at the table right now and it looks just fine.



    @Phill
    : The table top is made out of 3 pieces (not by me though). It was part of another coffee table which was made by my father in law, a long time ago. The top was much larger and used. It’s Brazilian Mahogany which is hard to get nowadays so I have been told. I have also sized the top to the golden ratio (1,618).

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