Large Crown Display Table

Completed large crown display table

Completed large crown display table

This post describes the finishing of the large crown display table frame. The table is 815cm high and will be used to display a birthday cake at a large party however it will also be able to be used in any situation as a unique and stylish display centre piece.

The main objective in the finishing process is to get the surfaces of the timber framework as smooth as possible. By its nature raw timber has an uneven surface due to its grain. The raw frame was first sanded to remove the larger surface irregularities and then blown clean with compressed air. Next the first of several coats of undercoat are applied.

The first application of undercoat is the most important as it is absorbed into the timber causing the wood grain to expand. The surface is then sanded smooth again. After the first undercoat any surface imperfections become blazingly apparent. These are first filled with Spakfilla and sanded back again before subsequent applications of undercoat. After each application has dried the surface is sanded back which gradually fills any small surface imperfections. The large crown display table had seven undercoats before the surface was acceptable.

Undercoated timber frame

Undercoated timber frame

Drilling guide holes for upholstery nails

Drilling guide holes for upholstery nails

Once the undercoating was finished the decorative trimming was applied. A simple fleur-de-lys was fitted to each of the six laminated curved sections of the frame and domed brass upholstery nails were put along all the edges. A small jig was made to drill location holes for the upholstery nails to ensure they were all an even distance from each other.

Fitting decorative trimming

Fitting decorative trimming

Undercoat again to seal the trim

Undercoat again to seal the trim

After yet another undercoat application and light sanding the upholstery nails were fitted. It is better to leave the nails till last so that you can still sand the surface easily without any obstructions. After the upholstery nails were fitted the whole frame was sprayed with metallic gold paint.

Upholstery nails fitted

Upholstery nails fitted

Large display crown painted gold

Large display crown painted gold

 

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