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Starting my first coffee table build

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I just upgraded the head on my 8" Grizzly to a Byrd shellix head, wow......what a difference.
If you can find a decent used jointer with a straight knife head and it's cheap, it's worth the $400 for the helical head upgrade.
I thought about doing that to my 6” Jet, but it didn’t stay in adjustment very well and I really needed the extra 2”. When I saw the deal on my new one, I jumped on it!
 

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Glued up each side first. Then glued the two half’s together. Pretty satisfied with a pretty flat table top. The cauls really helped. Happy for my first large panel glue up.

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I’m going to reuse the glass top from our current coffee table. Today I cut my panel to match the size of the glass.

I had used a scrap of wood to work out the staining I wanted. I’m using the same process I use for staining curly maple banjo necks. I’m not saying it is correct or the best or will even work for a large panel, but that is the plan.
I started with mixing medium brown dye with pure grain alcohol. I applied 2 coats at the same time to get the first step. Then I let it dry for 30 minutes and put another coat of the same brown. Wait another 30 minutes and then sand.
Unfortunately, at this point it became obvious that I had not sanded well enough prior to stain because belt sanding marks jumped off the wood with the brown dye. I was planning on sanding it back with 220 and leaving some brown in the curl. However, I sanded it back with 80, 120, and 150 and then hit it with brown again.

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I sanded a 3rd brown coat with 220 and then added one coat of “vintage Amber” which I don’t plan on sanding. Once I add many coats of wipe-on poly the depth will be enhanced and the curl will change in presentation depending on the angle and light. (I hope! That is how small pieces react to this preparation). When the dye is wet it briefly looks similar to the final product but these pictures with the dye dry makes it look dull.

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6 coats of wipe-on poly so far. At least 6 more to go…very light sanding 600 or 800 between each coat. Doing both sides for humidity impact consistency. Disposal brushes make counting coats easy 😜.

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