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.
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.
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.