Mission Dining Table

Mission Dining Table

A new Mission-style dining table of some nicely figured slabs of salvaged quartersawn California black oak from Curly Burly.  The finish is a finicky and lengthy process of raising grain, dye staining, oiling, shellacing, and waxing–but an authentic Mission look that, unlike the more-traditional ammonia-fumed finish, can’t actually kill you.  (Read the details, outlined by wood finishing guru Jeff Jewitt, here.)  Even if I’d wanted to fume the table, only white oak–not black or red–has enough tannin to cause the ammonia to react.  The design was based loosely on a piece in Fine Woodworking –a sturdy table with the only frills coming from the wood itself.

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