Limbert Lamp Table - Stickley #240 #8: Ammonia Fume Finish

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Blog entry by CaptainSkully posted 09-12-2009 08:24 PM 2792 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well, after three days in solitary, I decided to pop the the weasel. The different boards fumed to different tones, but I think with shellac and brown furniture wax, it’ll be just non-perfect enough for some charm. The wood putty had no tannins in it, so it’s almost white. Luckily, one corner is perfect, so that’ll be the one facing out. I tried my Dark Fumed Oak aniline dye, and it didn’t work on the putty either. I even brushed the liquid ammonia directly onto the bottom of the table top. Maxed out tannins. Now it’s just penetrating deeper into the wood. Regardless, I at least can say it’s “authentic” Stickley finish. Sigh…

You can tell from the last blog that it’s considerably darker. It also took any color differences in the wood and exagerrated it.

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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#1 posted 09-12-2009 08:58 PM

The flash has thrown off the actual color considerably. I think that being out in the open air for a couple of hours now, the brown is mellowing across the top (or I’m just getting used to it).

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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#2 posted 09-12-2009 11:22 PM

I have a video coming out soon on using toner. You do not have so spray the whole thing, just the area you want to color.

Use a tripod, slow shutter speed, and no flash for good color.

I like the overall piece. I know you learned volumes from this experience.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#3 posted 09-13-2009 03:09 AM

Nice work Skully a great stickley design well done.

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#4 posted 09-13-2009 03:28 AM

its coming along…sorry the color is not exactly what you want…but its still great.

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#5 posted 09-13-2009 05:43 AM

I really like the color. I am thinking of finishing options for my chairs. I like the look of the ammonia fuming, but I don’t think I am going to use it. I don’t have the room to build the size tent I would need.

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#6 posted 09-14-2009 02:16 PM

A very nice project. I sometimes make my own putty with sawdust and stainable wood glue (like Elmers Probond). If you are hiding small nail holes, it works pretty good. Mix sawdust from the boards from your project about 1:1 with glue. Knead to a dough like consistency and fill. Doesn’t look great if you are trying to fill large gaps.

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#7 posted 09-18-2009 12:06 PM

Nice work!

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#8 posted 10-05-2009 02:10 PM

you ever get to put shellac on this one yet?

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