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Building a dining side table
This is the part
all woodworkers hate! SANDING. It's tedious!
I use 320 paper on an orbital sander for the final finish. I work
over a vacuum table I made that removes all the sanding dust from the air.
I am slightly allergic to Lacewood and the dust is all collected
in a dust collector with a 5 micron filter bag.
Sanding the feet:
Sanding the cross
Sanding the legs:
Sanding the last
leg . . . whew my hands hurt!
Note all the used sanding sheets on the table!
Now my favorite
part, applying the finish. I use Minwax
Tung Oil mixture which contains varnish, oil and thinner.
Now I get to see the full beauty of the wood grain exposed.
It's like watching a photograph develop in the tray.
In my spare time
I have also been adding coats of wipe-on
polyurethane varnish to the top of the table.
I paint the oil
on so it penetrates the wood before wiping off the excess:
A few coats of wipe-on polyurethane varnish and I can begin final assembly.
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