April 16, 2011

Numero uno!

Finally. We actually started a table. Number one of at least twenty-one others.

Four hundred and one screws went into this table today. Yes, four hundred and one. That's right, we counted. We used three drill batteries of two drills to get these babies in. Poor things! (the drills, not the screws).

It's not quite done yet, but it's close. We just have to frame out the whole thing in some old trim, then seal it.

Speaking of which, we are having a tricky time of deciding what to use for a sealer. Originally we were going to go with oil based Polyurethane, but it darkens the wood too much and we want to keep the faded wood as light and pale as possible. Then we were going to go with polycrylic, since it darkens the wood less, but I don't think it will stand the test of time as well, plus it looks a little plastic-y. We know resin would work great, but its a little pricy, and way too shiny. If anybody has opinions, we'd love to hear them!

UPDATE: I went with Satin Polyurethane for these oak beauties and it's perfect. Perfect!


  1. two hazels momApril 16, 2011

    i have several waxes that are wonderful.
    you know where to find me.

    two hazels.

  2. I originally wanted to do a wax but sadly the table surface is a little uneven and needs to be leveled with something thick. Its too bad, because we wish we could just leave it raw wood! But tomato sauce stains would look pretty bad soaked in to the grain. We really need to do more samples...

  3. have you thought of sunflower oil? easy to apply and food safe. commonly used for chopping boards...

  4. AnonymousMay 20, 2011

    check out This Old Crack House of Dec 16 2007 fot the most exhaustive disquisition on shellac -- if it's not too late.


  5. I'm a furniture builder in Vancouver and I use water based Varathane interior satin. It the blue can. Coat the wood with a paint brush let dry and then use fine steel wool to finish. Use air to clean and you have the smoothest, stain resistant finish ever. It wont change the colour of the wood once everything is complete.

    Good luck.

    1. Hi Brooke! Thanks so much for your advice! Yes, that's exactly what I've been using. Great stuff! I love the water based stuff cause it darkens the wood much less than the oil based. Thanks again! All the best,


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