Finishing the Farmhouse Table

by Patrick Harper - Blood, Sweat, and Sawdust

I love working on big projects like the farmhouse table.  However, my shop is small and the table is large.  It takes up a lot of space, and I am unable to work on anything else.  So, I was anxious to finish the farmhouse table and deliver it to the customer.

The customer wanted a white base.  So, the base received three coats of white paint.  Due to all of the nooks and crannies, I found that a paint brush was the easiest way to apply the paint.  Unfortunately, this was quite time consuming, but it got the job done.

A dining room table not only needs to be attractive.  It also needs a durable finish.  Consequently, I applied three coats of poly-urethane.  I used a simple wipe-on poly, that could not have been easier to apply.  Each coat only took a matter of minutes to apply.  If only I didn’t have to wait 2-3 hours between coats.

With the finish applied, I delivered the table and bench to the customer.  I kept the table top and table base separate.  This allowed us to move it through the front door quite easily.  Once in the customer’s dining room, I assembled the table and took a few pictures.  I think it turned out great and the customer was very happy.

I really enjoyed this project, but I’m glad to have my shop back.