Step 6: Varnish Your Table

If you had any areas to fill with rocks, you'll now want to sand the table top flat before adding varnish.

Then use a cloth or vacuum to remove all traces of dust. Be sure to clean well as you'll see any dirt after varnishing.

Now that your table is cleaned, you can mix another batch of varnish and begin brushing the varnish on the table. I always start with the less flat areas, and all the nooks and crannies. Leave the flattest parts to do last to ensure the smoothest result. 

If you're using the recommended varnish, you'll see that it suggests using a propane torch to heat the varnish to remove air bubbles. Follow the directions on the product you are using. If you use a propane torch, be careful not to scorch or burn your table. Keep the flame moving!

Once the entire table is coated with varnish, allow it to dry. 

After your table has dried, you should be able to see if you missed any areas and if you require another coat. This is also your opportunity to correct any problem areas (like un-vacuumed dust that you can see) by sanding any areas as needed, then reapply your varnish.

Once your 2nd coat is done, allow your table to dry undisturbed until fully cured. Check your varnish package for the recommended amount of drying time. You don't want to place anything on your table until you are certain the varnish is cured and dry.

Congratulations! You have now made your very own one of a kind table. 
This project was made by my dad! I hope you all love it as much as I do. We have been so lucky to have all gotten tables like these for Christmas, and now you can make one yourself. The instructions are very easy to follow, and there are lots of pictures.<br><br>Great job Dad!!!
Tall excuse me.
I wanted to say thank you for this. They look amazing. I do have one question and that's how talk are these tables. thank you for your time. Thank you for the inspiration. All my best.
Magnificent work!! <br>
Absolutely gorgeous!! Thank you for posting this great instructable!! <br>Jesse M.
Absolutely beautiful! I can see where Canucksgirl gets her eye for all things wonderful!
Wow these are really nice!<br><br>
I really love your work. you have inspired me and i think i'll have to try this. thanks.
<br>I thank you.If you find interesting pieces of wood,the results will be pleasing to see.Will you vote for me?
Vote for you? I already did. I have an entry aswell, but its not nearly as artistic. Nice work.
<br>Thank you for voting .Your entries are interesting,keep those ideas coming!
Verrrry Impressive, putting rocks into woody scars, Wow, great idea.<br> <br> Iv a large desk with a serious ruined spot that I'm going to try this on<br> and embed a NIB magnet with epoxy to hold it down under a thin rock :-)&nbsp;<br> <br> Beautiful work !<br> <br> A
Hey Alex, Thanks for commenting on my dad's instructable. :) <br>You should really give the rock treatment a try. My dad has made MANY of these tables, and they look gorgeous when they are done. If you can find some really cool looking, shiny rocks, they work the best, but anything you find interesting will work. - Liisa
Your welcome Liisa.<br>I do terrible things to rocks.<br>Grind them, slice them and sometimes polish and drill them.<br>It might make a neat ible some day when I can display it properly :-)<br><br>A
lol.. then, this project will definitely work for you. :)<br>You should post an ible when you get time about what you've done with rocks. Sounds interesting. (I always wanted a rock tumbler when I was younger!).
Same rock different light
Very cool. :) - What are they?
Over here in rock shops you can buy 3 baseball sized geodes for $6
really? I've never seen them like that before. Over here you can apparently find them (in some locations), but they look like dinosaur eggs with the crystals and such on the inside. So you have to cut or break them open. But wow, 3 for $6 for these... thats great. You could probably make a lot with them. :)
thank you
I've always wanted to do this!! Thank you for sharing!<br><br>Now on the lookout for wood....
<br>thanks;happy hunting for the wood,that is half of the fun!
Beautiful! I have been collecting manzanita burls out of the river, now I know what to do with them! Love the rock fill idea, lots of mica, garnet, and serpentine around here that will look great. Thanks for posting this great instructable!
<br><br>thank you;your materials sound good
Very nice! I like how you explained how to get everything level. I made a very clunky version of this in 1978 and it tends to tip over unless braced against a wall or piece of furniture. I had minimal skills and even more minimal tools at the time.
<br>thank you,if my project was any help,thats good
I love natural wood. Beautiful work, sir! I'm voting for this project but the stars aren't showing up so I can't rate it. Sorry.
There has been an intermitted issue with the rating stars... hopefully they get it fixed soon.<br><br>Very nice comment btw, I'm sure my dad is grateful. Thanks. :D
Wow these are great!<br>
wow this is just amazing! i'm looking at making a small shed for a writing hut and this is the kinda table i want in it!! its really nice!
<br><br>Thank you,happy writings!
thanks! if i make it i'll post some pictures!
Make sure you do. We'd love to see it in some different kinds of wood. :D
cool! after floods we get heaps of awesome wood shapes washed up from further upstream so it should look cool!
Absolutely. The more character and color in the wood the better. :D
cool, i'm even getting ideas for a lamp holder....
It's going to take me some time cause all we have is field trees which are boring trees and not big trees.
No problem. This instructable isn't going anywhere. :D<br><br>Happy hunting!
awesome! I am going do this tell your dad great project!
<br><br>Thanks a lot,good luck
Wow, these tables are amazingly beautiful and enchanting. Infact I think these are not only decorative but also useable. Mr. Finn You have got a fantastic idea. I have been impressed a lot.
<br>Thank you,tables are very useful in my home.
Do you think a heat gun would work instead of the torch (I don't have a torch).? Thanks
<br>Yes,heat gun will give you same results.
Great job! This is an awesome write-up, I can't wait to give it a shot! Thanks :)
Your tables are awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!! Im gona try and make one.
If you do, post some pictures. My dad would really like to see them. :D
This is beautiful work! Could you give some instruction on how you cut the table top? Getting a peice cut square (level on top and bottom) with a chain saw would be very difficult. Thanks
Thank you. You can cut a piece from a tree anyway you'd like to. Then when you have it at home, make one side flat, then measure the thickness that you want and run a pencil line around it. Then all you have to do is cut it.<br><br>You don't have to be perfectly square because you are putting the table top together with the base and the leg. When your pieces are assembled, then you'll need to check that your table is level.<br><br>I hope that helps.

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