Thursday, June 27, 2013

What We've Been Up To

Happy Thursday everyone! I am lucky enough to be enjoying a delicious cold iced caramel macchiato at a local coffee shop while enjoying the sunshine, from afar, inside in the air conditioning! It's super hot today! I hope you all have been staying cool--wherever you are!

So, the lack of posts lately is mainly because we have been so busy with working on our new table we have barely even been home! We spent the whole day on Saturday, a few hours Sunday morning, and a few hours Sunday night assembling the table top. Then we spent most nights this week, when it wasn't thunder storming, sanding the life out of it! Let me tell you, sanding is not for the faint of heart!

We started out sanding with a 120 grit sandpaper and realized, after sanding for what seemed like hours, that we were not making much progress. So, Frank looked up tutorials online and found a suggestion to use 7 levels of grit to progressively sand which will involved more work, but will reap better and faster results in the long run. So, back to the hardware store we went. 

We decided to try 4 levels rather than 7. We picked up 60, 80, we already have 120, and 180. We most likely will pick up a very fine grit to finish it off, probably around 800-900 as per a suggestion from a friend.

So, the sanding continues. I will be honest--it's frustrating and I have become more and more impatient with this step of the process. But, I keep reminding myself it will be worth it in the end to be 100% happy with our finished product. 

Here is what our table top looks like so far: 

It still needs a final cut to make sure the edges are exactly even and tons and tons of sanding to make sure that the top is perfectly level, especially around each joint between planks. 

After we complete the sanding process we'll be filling in the creases with wood filler and finishing with a nice stain. Stay tuned for the final reveal! Our hope is to finish sometime between this weekend and the weekend following that depending on how the weather holds up. I can't wait to show you the finished product!

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