Refinished bar table with a nice Koi design using the Glowforge to make the stencil


#1

I uploaded a video of the entire process on YouTube here: https://youtu.be/mcyz0ak_vlg

I got this old crappy bar room side table with cigarette burns from an auction and wanted to refinish it.

I strip the table down to find out the center of the top was not solid oak like I thought…bummer. To cover that center plywood I spray paint the center flat black. Then I make a spray paint template of some Koi fish with the Glowforge laser cutter out of some cardboard.

I paint the Koi fish on to the table top with a metallic gold paint.
Stain the bare oak with Golden Oak 210 from Min Wax. Touch up the gold paint template over spray with a sharpie pen. Finally seal the whole table with MinWax fast drying polyurethane clear satin. This project took about half a day of time, and I really liked the end resulting table. I am going to give this to my mom for mothers day I hope she likes it!


#2

Nice job!


#3

Oh wow! Great job on it, that’s an incredible transformation! :grinning:


#4

Thanks!


#5

Thank you!


#6

Very, very nice! What a great recycle job.


#7

Trash + Laser = Treasure


#8

Great job, love the recovery solution after the ply discovery.


#9

thank you!


#10

Yep!


#11

Thanks!


#12

Nicely done!


#13

Thank you!


#14

If you love koi there is one at GinKakuJi in Kyoto that has a head that is 30cm across. I have been lucky enough to be invited to a number of koi viewing parties but have never seen anything like it.

Lovely image, it works well with the table top


#15

Thanks!

I used to have a koi pond that had some very large koi (about 2.5 feet long) then we had a dust storm that did something bad to the pond and all of the fish died within days.


#16

Great job, your mom will love it.


#17

Dust can cause algae blooms and that will kill the fish if it is the wrong type. Sorry to hear that you lost them.


#18

Thank you!


#19

Oh, nice table! You did a great job!


#20

Thanks!