Here’s a little peak at my first real woodworking project: three matching cherry frames with walnut splines for my credentials. After four years at my current job I figured it was about time to personalize my office a bit.
I started with a few boards of 4/4 rough cherry that I purchased from a small hardwood dealer in the area and some walnut cutoffs that he had lying around. After planing down the lumber I was a little disappointed that it wasn’t perfectly clear, but after working with it a little longer I actually came to like the random dark markings (spalting?). They add a lot of visual interest; so much so that the clearer of the three frames actually comes off a little boring. All in all, I’m pretty happy with how the frames turned out. They’re not perfect, but for a first project I think they’re pretty damn good.
The pictures show one of the frames after a day of tanning and a single light application of Watco Danish Oil (Natural). I plan on topping it off with some clear shellac. I have not worked with Danish Oil or Shellac before so any advice would be much appreciated (i.e. how many coats of each, method of application, treatment between coats, etc.).
-- Biscuit (Delaware, Ohio)