Saturday, February 6, 2010

Group of Cherry Tables – Part 3

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Solid Cherry Dining, Kitchen, Coffee, and End Tables

After the glue had dried overnight,we unclamped the tables, preformed one last final sanding to remove any nicks and dings acquired during the previous stage, and headed off to the finishing room.

The finishing process for these tables was pretty much the same as most of our other furniture: 220 grit final sanding, one coat of sanding sealer, light sanding, one coat of a bright-rubbed conversion varnish, followed up with a light sand, and ending with a final coat of conversion varnish.

As I have mentioned in past entries, the sanding sealer as a first coat does amazing things for the varnish top coats!  The sanding sealer, rather than soaking into the wood and raising the grain like a lacquer or a varnish will do, penetrates into the wood, fills the pores, and creates a nice sealed layer.  Once the sealer has dried a light sanding using a fine grit sanding sponge creates a perfectly smooth surface for the varnish or lacquer to adhere to.  I always prefer a sanding sealer as the first coat because that is what the product was designed for. Lacquers and varnishes will also seal the wood, but they end up raising the grain and it takes much more sanding to acquire the same smooth surface as the sanding sealer.

The final products look absolutely amazing!

All of the tables are going on a stamped concrete floor, which is anything but perfectly level and flat.  Therefore we added four metal leveling feet on each table.  Whenever we add leveling pegs to any of our furniture we never use the plastic collars that come with the leveling feet. We always use metal pronged t-nuts for the foot to screw into.  Why would you build a spectacular piece of furniture, designed to last a lifetime, only to have some small piece of hardware fail in a few months?

Here is a final shot of the dining table in the clients home!

The house has a very open floor plan and the table fits perfectly in the dining area, which looks out over the surrounding Boise foothills and the city of Boise over 1000′ below!

Likewise, the kitchen fits perfectly into the nook area, which also overlooks the city of Boise and the surrounding foothills.

Originally, we were commissioned to just build a dining and a kitchen table, but partway through he construction phase, the client added this coffee table and the end table below.  Even with the client adding two additional pieces, we still adhered to a deadline of 3 weeks from design to delivery!

The final piece was this small end table, which is a perfect addition to the sunken sitting area around the fireplace.