Chamfering, Sanding and Finishing


Down to the Home Stretch

table_overallThis is point where care really counts. If you’ve sanded properly as building progressed, you won’t have much to do now. But what little remains really matters. Take the table apart and use a hand-held router to put a tasteful, 1/16” chamfer on all exposed corners. Test your router on some scrap to be sure you’re not making large chamfers. Tiny chamfers look best. Afterwards give all parts a final hand sanding to all surfaces with 180- and 220-grit sandpaper in the direction of wood grain. Vacuum everything to remove dust.

oil_finish_trioYou can finish your easy table in many different ways. I used Minwax Wipe-On Poly – four coats in all – since it’s fast, easy to work with, dries quickly and provides the right level of protection for a table like this one. Besides all these things, Wipe-On allows the wood grain to remain prominent and is repairable. Be sure to sand all coats except the last one using 240-grit paper to remove raised grain and dust bumps. If you’re using an oil finish such as polymerized tung oil or Danish oil, sanding when each coat is wet works well before wiping off all excess oil and letting it dry.

You may not have a plane to catch, but many of us could use another table in our lives. Short, tall, wide or narrow, everything goes together in the same way with this design.