Days 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9: Start with the Finish

During my research, I looked several different finishes for the table.  Antique White, Dark Mahogany Stain, Pickled.  Yeah that’s right, I said Pickled.  But after seeing the way the wood had come out and the dynamic of the different colored pieces of cedar wood, I couldn’t even begin to think about covering it up with paint or dark stain.  So I decided on a Natural stain by Minwax.  The Natural stain simply makes the wood look wet while bringing out all of the grains natural beauty.

What do you think?

To seal the grain and make the table waterproof, I decided to go with Tung Oil.  It’s an oil that is taken from the nuts of the Tung Tree.  You will often see it used on Guitars.  The coolest part of using Tung Oil is that if the surface should ever become scuffed or scratched, you can simply wipe the table down with more Tung Oil and the mark will buff right out!  To apply, you simply wipe on with a rag or brush and let stand for 24 hours.  I will be making a trip back to the shop each day to apply a new coat.  On the final, you want about 10 to 12 coats.

I will  be making a LOT of trips out to the shop to get it just right!

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