Following on from the previous post, I finished flattening the coffee table top with the hand plane, then used a combination of blck sanding and the Festool rotex to take the surface to #400 finish in preparation for applying the Enduro Var finish. The top was nice and flat and it was a good place to get to in terms of finally getting finish on the most critical part of the coffee table.
The basking in the warm glow of accomplishment didn’t last especially long. I had a rough day yesterday in the afternoon after noticing a couple of divots in the coffee table top, something I had done inadvertently with the ROS. I am a newbie with that tool. The divots were slight didn’t become visible until there were three coats on the top and the afternoon sun was low and the light flat. So, I had to take the 3 coats of finish back off the top and work the surface clean, planing and scraping and abrading, and in the process had a little tear out in one troublesome corner. I felt like pulling my hair out. It was very frustrating to have a setback at such a stage.
It took a while, some sweat and tears, but got things under control in the end. Sometimes smooth sails are interrupted by stormy periods and uncertain path finding.
Just a few pics to share today.
The top after the 3rd coat of finish is back on – partly dried in a couple of spots by the time I snapped the pic:
Looks like a topographic map of the Red planet.
Coffee Table legs and aprons are done through 4 coats:
The coffee table breadboard ends are at the 2-coat stage. Should be finished tomorrow.
The packing crate for the coffee table is mostly built:
At 48″, it will be too wide to roll out onto the loading dock, due to the doors in that area being slightly narrower than a standard opening, so it will have to go out the front door.
Most of the parts for the side table have been polished and I have the apron frame assembled to its dust panel. The drawer assembly is also underway. Anticipating starting general assembly of that piece tomorrow.
The bronze leveler feet have run into a snag as the machinist’s wife is having some sort of serious health issue, so production of those critical pieces has been delayed a bit. Hoping that comes out for the best, and that the parts will be ready in a couple of days. Wanting the ship the table at the end of next week, or the beginning of the following week at the latest (Dec 16th~17th). Fingers crossed.
All for now- thanks for dropping by the Carpentry Way. Post 45 awaits.