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Sunday, August 10, 2014

Burl wood coffee table

This project included interior painting and refinishing a coffee table. I chose to feature the table because of its unique wood working. Prior to my working on this project, another re-finisher had attempted to work on the table. 

For some reason he never finished the job. It appears he used the wrong products to strip the old finish. Even though the finish was removed, the table top was damaged. Remnants of the stripping compound were dried on the table top. Also, some white stains were created by the compound. Most of the white stains were removed, but some are still present. 

Veneers are very thin, therefore sanding is limited. You must take care with the compounds used because they can loosen the veneer. This table sat in a shop for two months accumulating dirt and dust on the exposed wood top. 

The fist step was to clean the entire table. Then came several hours of light sanding with 220 grit paper,
small wood files ( a variety of shapes) and sanding blocks.

 After the prep work and cleaning was completed, select areas of the table had oil based stain applied.
 The next step was the application of several coats of satin polyurethane.

A burl results from a tree undergoing some form of stress. It may be caused by an injury, virus or fungus. Most burls grow beneath the ground, attached to the roots as a type of malignancy that is generally not discovered until the tree dies or falls over. Such burls sometimes appear as groups of bulbous protrusions connected by a system of rope-like roots. Almost all burl wood is covered by bark, even if it is underground. 
 Burls yield a very peculiar and highly figured wood, prized for its beauty and rarity. 
The center of this table top is burl wood veneer.  
 Parquetry is the art and craft of applying pieces of veneer to a structure to form decorative patterns, designs or pictures. The edges of this table top have decorative veneers applied to create the border.

All of the materials for this job were purchase at, Pete and Johns Paint Market, Oakland,New Jersey.

I had the pleasure of working with Jean Neri on this job. She is the owner of, Jean Neri Interior Design

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