High Top Farm Table

by Gabe
1 Month
This is a high top farm table with bread board ends, finished with 6 coats of stain, 6 coats of poly, and 4 coats of machine applied wax. The bottom was painted a satin black. I made this table for a client who wanted a rustic farm table to put in her breakfast nook.
VOILA!!! My clients were extremely happy with this piece and I am elated that this will be another center piece for memories to be made. Thanks Everyone!!!
Profile shot, the bottom was painted with Black Satin Paint. I applied with a brush!! Oh and other thing folks!! STOP DISCOURAGING FOLKS FROM USING BRUSHES, BRUSHES LEAVE BRUSH MARKS!!! oh dear!!! This deliberate application brings out the character and the flaws in the wood... but at the end of the day it depends on what your going after.
Let the staining begin!
So this the way I like to finish furniture, especially those that will receive a lot of use. I like to wipe down the surface with a warm cloth. "oh dare I!!!" yes people I dared... LOL! this raises the grain and opens the pores of the wood to begin absorbing the stain. anyhooo, after I wipe down with the cloth I use a pre-stain wood conditioner. I find that I get a much more even application of stain when I use a conditioner. But again to each his/her own..
still lots of sanding to do, but here is the first glimps of the table in it's rawest form. This pic is before I sanded with 60, 80, 120, 180 grit lots and lots of sanding in order to achieve the kind of surface you want. Since my client wanted a rustic finish I didn't really need to sand any further, however you want to finish it's up to you. don't let ANYONE dictate how to finish a piece of furniture, there are literally hundreds if not thousands of methods on how to achieve a quality and durable finish. Just go for it!
this is a side view of the breadboards. This was a challenging endeavor since it was a large surface to mortise and tenon, but after lots of trial and error I got them fitted, glued and pegged
These 2x4's were how the legs started life, I laminated them, and used plenty of clamps to make sure no empty spots were in the pieces.
Here's what the legs look like after I jointed, and trimmed them to size
It all starts with the lamination process. I had to make sure the boards were planed and jointed. The breadboard ends were applied with a mortise and tenon and I used oak dowels along with glue to join them to the table
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