With the top cut down to its final shape, I have only to finish the top and bottom edges.
For the top, I decided to go with a 3/8″ round-over bit.
After setting the bit up in the router, I ran the router all the way around the top, leaving a smooth round edge.
Since the bottom still had a sharp edge, I decided on a small 45 degree chamfer to break that edge as well.
All that is needed now is a bit of sanding.
I worked my way down from 80 grit to 220 grit sand paper on my orbital finish sander.
With the table top sanded, I flipped it upside down to start staining the bottom.
I used Minwax Dark Walnut stain, rubbed on with a piece of an old tee-shirt. Old worn out tee shirts are soft and pretty close to lint free after being washed hundreds of times. They are perfect for finishing.
When the bottom was finished, I flipped the top over and let it rest on four painter’s pyramids.
I finished staining the top and left it to cure. The quarter-sawn oak always has that beautiful tiger striping. The stain really accentuates it.
Hopefully the stain will be full cured by tomorrow and I can start applying the polyurethane.