Show off your AR XA tables

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Re: Show off your AR XA tables

Post by snfrosten » 28 Mar 2018 17:37

The XB tables came with Steel counterweights, XA's with Brass, guess someone switched them at one time, both weight approximately the same. The XB77 had a smaller steel counterweight.

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Re: Show off your AR XA tables

Post by vishalk » 28 Mar 2018 19:15

snfrosten wrote:The XB tables came with Steel counterweights, XA's with Brass, guess someone switched them at one time, both weight approximately the same. The XB77 had a smaller steel counterweight.
Of course makes sense! Thanks for confirming, nice work by the way on some of the TT you have done i am avid fan of your work.

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Re: Show off your AR XA tables

Post by derspankster » 28 Mar 2018 19:40

snfrosten wrote:The XB tables came with Steel counterweights, XA's with Brass, guess someone switched them at one time, both weight approximately the same. The XB77 had a smaller steel counterweight.
Thanks. I guess I never knew, or noticed that. Never owned a XB but I've seen them.

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Re: Show off your AR XA tables

Post by ARL » 31 Mar 2018 14:10

@vishalk - It takes a lot of know-how to lay down a high gloss finish like that! I'm curious about the paint you used on the deck, almost looks like an automotive finish. It makes me want to rethink my plan to use a crackle type finish on the deck but I'm seriously doubting my ability to achieve a mirror surface like yours. Did you hve any plating done or are the metal parts just bare and highly polished? The whole project is spectacular!

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Re: Show off your AR XA tables

Post by vishalk » 31 Mar 2018 15:27

ARL wrote:@vishalk - It takes a lot of know-how to lay down a high gloss finish like that! I'm curious about the paint you used on the deck, almost looks like an automotive finish. It makes me want to rethink my plan to use a crackle type finish on the deck but I'm seriously doubting my ability to achieve a mirror surface like yours. Did you hve any plating done or are the metal parts just bare and highly polished? The whole project is spectacular!
Hi ARL, i had the top plate done by a professional paint specialist, i chose the colour and finish i wanted and he worked the magic and a real bargain price (around $80) which is a steal for what he achieved for me. It's been highly polished to get that mirror finish.

Nothing was plated, just good old fashioned elbow grease (lots of wet and dry) and the use of a dremel, a bench polisher and lots of different compounds.

Thank you for your enthusiasm, it really turned out better then i expected, it looks so much better in person. My goal was to produce something shiney and beautiful to look at, but also with the performance to match. This has had the marc morrin upgrades and his guidance to help create what you see. Oh and a whole lot of patience!

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Re: Show off your AR XA tables

Post by derspankster » 31 Mar 2018 16:00

I might add that I achieved the same finish in a very similar manner. I have a friend that owns a auto body shop and he allowed me to use his booth. He actually had some left over PPG GM black that I used to paint my top plate. I sprayed 3 coats of color and then hit it with some clear. It worked out very well although as I have mentioned before it shows every speck of dust.

I had tried to achieve the same finish at home with rattle cans on another AR XA I own but gave up and went with a black matte finish that turned out well.

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Re: Show off your AR XA tables

Post by ARL » 31 Mar 2018 16:16

Yeah, the high gloss black would call for constant housekeeping to eliminate dust. My scabby XA doesn't require *any* dusting whatsoever... :) :) :)

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Re: Show off your AR XA tables

Post by derspankster » 31 Mar 2018 16:55

ARL wrote:Yeah, the high gloss black would call for constant housekeeping to eliminate dust. My scabby XA doesn't require *any* dusting whatsoever... :) :) :)
Yes, but I would do it again. I really love the look.

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Re: Show off your AR XA tables

Post by vishalk » 09 Apr 2018 13:18

Please see the TT in action on youtube.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gctpU3ohqzE

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Re: Show off your AR XA tables

Post by snfrosten » 26 Apr 2018 02:25

Not too much action on this thread so I figured I post a table I just finished.
Some nice African Rosewood.

https://i.imgur.com/fCNJRai.jpg?1

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Re: Show off your AR XA tables

Post by derspankster » 26 Apr 2018 12:41

Your work is always very beautiful Steve. You seem to favor cork for mats. I've never asked but do you think that they're superior for the ARXA/XB and their metal platters?

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Re: Show off your AR XA tables

Post by snfrosten » 26 Apr 2018 14:34

Yes, find the cork/rubber composite mat kills the ringing in the platter and helps with static buildup, best chose for the money. Also looks good on the table, very organic, matches the wood plinth.

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Re: Show off your AR XA tables

Post by derspankster » 27 Apr 2018 12:37

Thanks Steve. Funny in all the years I've owned an AR table I've never owned a cork mat. I believe there are quite a few cork/rubber composites available too.

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Re: Show off your AR XA tables

Post by cat9 » 27 Apr 2018 16:41

snfrosten wrote:Not too much action on this thread so I figured I post a table I just finished.
Some nice African Rosewood.

https://i.imgur.com/fCNJRai.jpg?1

Lovely Steve!
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Re: Show off your AR XA tables

Post by snfrosten » 29 Apr 2018 23:49

Yes, Pathe Wings make a pretty good mat that's not too expensive. Here's another one just finished this weekend.

https://i.imgur.com/sg5ExCm.jpg?3

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