Saturday, April 24, 2010

Mahogany Occassional Tables – Part 3

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Solid African Mahogany Coffee, End, & Hall Tables

With all three tables glued up and sanded, it was time to move to the finishing room.  The tables are going to be stained to match some existing woodwork in the clients office. In order to achieve the color necessary we are going to need to apply a few coats of a dye stain to the tables before we apply any wiping stain.

The dye stain is going to be a dark brown color, which will add a nice deep base for the burgundy red stain to sit on top of.

The dye stain is water thin and penetrates deep into the wood and dries in minutes.  The only issue is to be careful not to apply it to heavy, because it will dry with an orange-peel, muddy look.

After spraying on three thin coats of the brown dye, we wiped on the burgandy red stain.  The beauty of a dye stain is that it is unaffected when a wiping stain is applied over the top of it.  Most wiping stains will be partially pull away from the wood by any future wiping stains that are wiped on, which makes building color very difficult.  That is the beauty of a dye stain. It is unaffected by the wiping stains and acts as a dark foundation of color for the future wiping stains to build upon.

Three coats of a matte conversion varnish were applied and the piece was done!  The color chip of Formica we were matching is sitting on the front left corner of the end table. I think we did a pretty good job!

Whenever we build any furniture that has so much surface area that comes in contact with the floor we always add adjustable leveling feet to deal with any floors that are out of level.

To give you an idea of the thickness of the legs, those round leveling feet are 1.25″ in diameter.

The final three pieces!  They turned out absolutely beautiful!