Red oak dining room table

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    I’m building a rustic, red oak dining room table with my son-in-law. The oak was milled from a tree in our yard and has been air drying for about 10 years, prior to our use. He and my daughter prefer a natural finish. Any suggestions for finishing the table top? Should we use a grain filler to fill pores/grain? Suggestions appreciated. I’ll post a pic later.

    #14388
    Steve Follis
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    In the last video episode of the Coffee Table, Paul gives a pretty good discussion about finishing the table top and filling the pores on oak.

    Personally I would avoid using a “pore filler”, but I would build up the finish so that it fills or seals the pores on the table top, otherwise food stuff will end up in there. Grandbabies could spill their milk or orange juice and fill those pores for you.

    Memphis, Tennessee

    #16414

    Done! Base finish is two coats of shellac and then wax. Top finish is two coats of shellac, two coats of tung oil, and then wax.

    #16429
    Steve Follis
    Participant

    Wow!!

    Nice job Larry, very impressive!!

    Memphis, Tennessee

    #16430
    Mark Armstrong
    Participant

    Love the waney Edge 😉

    Dagenham, Essex, England

    #16431
    Charles Cleland
    Participant

    Love the way you used narrower book matched boards on the outside edges, with those live edges it makes it look as one extra wide plank. Well done!

    Washington State, USA
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    #16468
    David Gill
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    Great job Larry,I like the design, all the better for being made from your own tree, I was not aware you could put a shellac finish on top of a wax coat I always assumed that wax was the final finish.

    Wigan, Lancs. England :

    #16650

    All – thank you for the encouraging comments.

    David – wax is the final finish. Sorry if my English grammar confused you, I’m an American.

    #16651
    Charles Cleland
    Participant

    I think I’ve decoded it…confused me at first too. The finish on the base OF the table is two coats of shellac then wax. (The legs, stretchers and rails)

    The finish on the table TOP is two coats of shellac, two coats of tung oil, and then wax.

    I think everyone was interpreting it to mean that the whole table had the same finish of two coats of shellac then wax then another two coats of shellac, two coats of tung oil, and then wax.

    Two separate parts, two separate finishing regimens.

    Washington State, USA
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    #16654

    Sorry for the confusion…

    #16655
    cpetersen1970
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    Very nice, Larry! Love the live edge look.

    #16663
    JerryH
    Participant

    Very smart looking table Larry, fantastic job.

    #16666
    Eddy Flynn
    Participant

    fantastic table love the dove tail stretcher, that will see many generations sat at that i think .

    Eddy .. Liverpool, Merseyside, UK
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