Craftsman Style Coffee Table – Part 7

Next, it was time to apply the polyurethane topcoat on the Craftsman style coffee table. Usually, this is a pretty straight forward process. Adhering to a few simple rules such as using a quality product, applying it in even, full length strokes, minimizing dust in the shop and lightly sanding between coats most often results in a beautiful finish. However, this time it was not without it’s problems. It was rather funny (in retrospect) that after all of the new challenges I had with this project, and that went quite smoothly, I would be beset with problems with the finishing. 🙂

Craftsman Style Coffee Table - Part 7

When I first started to apply the first coat of polyurethane (MinWax Wipe-On Poly) all seemed well but then I started to notice that the stain was starting to lighten. The more I looked the more I realized that I was actually rubbing off the stain! Since I wasn’t using any excessive pressure I figured that the stain was not thoroughly dried yet (although it had been drying for 3 days and by all accounts appeared dry). I stopped doing the rest and, of course, had to re-sand and re-stain the pieces that I had applied the poly to.

This time I let the stain dry for over a week and attempted to wipe on the poly again but the same thing happened! Perplexed, I re-sanded and re-stained the pieces again.

Not taking anymore chance I let the stain dry for two weeks this time and because wiping the poly on was removing the stain I decided that I would brush it on. So that’s what I did, over a period of a week I brushed on several coats of wipe-on poly. It finally finished up beautifully. 🙂

Once the poly was dried, (and boy, did I let it dry!) it was time to put it all together. Here are some photos of this process:

Here is one of the ends glued and clamped together:

Craftsman Style Coffee Table - Part 7

And here is now with the legs attached:

Craftsman Style Coffee Table - Part 7

Once these were dried the skirt and bottom shelf was glued and clamped together:

Craftsman Style Coffee Table - Part 7

Then it was flipped over and the table top was attached using the ‘buttons’:

Craftsman Style Coffee Table - Part 7

Now, because of the abuse that a table top can be subject to I will give it several more coats of polyurethane to ensure a durable and long-lasting finish.

You can follow along with the building of the rest of this project via these links:

  • Craftsman Style Coffee Table Part 1
  • Craftsman Style Coffee Table Part 2
  • Craftsman Style Coffee Table Part 3
  • Craftsman Style Coffee Table Part 4
  • Craftsman Style Coffee Table Part 5
  • Craftsman Style Coffee Table Part 6
  • Craftsman Style Coffee Table Part 7
  • Craftsman Style Coffee Table Done!
  • Back to the shop…

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