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Arts & Crafts Dining Room Set #9: My New Stickley Finish!

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Blog entry by CaptainSkully posted 01-09-2010 02:57 AM 1966 reads 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So I followed the recipe I synthesized for the pagoda tile frame and applied it to the top and breadboard ends. It turned out amazing! It looks like something right out of an antique store. Here’s the progression:
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^ TransTint “Dark Mission Brown” aniline dye in isopropyl alcohol only (with flash on = more red).
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^ Same with flash off (see how muddy it looks)
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^ One coat of Zinser amber shellac (1 pound cut). Man shellac is a pain to work with. Once you paint it on, there’s no going back over it with a quick touch up or tipping it off. It gets tacky as soon as the denatured alcohol evaporates and stays that way until it cures hard.
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^ One coat of Antique Walnut gel stain. Really makes it rich looking and highlights the grain tinted by the shellac. This one was taken with the flash, which makes it a bit bright red. The gel stain goes on really muddy looking. When you start to wipe/blend it, it really lets the grain show through nicely.
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^ Same finish taken without the flash. You can really see how deep and rich the finish is. Like I said, It looks 100 years old already.

So I messed up on the shellac and had to do a repair job. Then I messed up on the gel stain (almost in the same place, and for the same reason), so I’m going to let it cure rock hard, then address my boo boo. Overall, I’m ecstatic with the finish. It’s easy and authentic looking. I just need to learn patience. I wonder how long that’s going to take…

Next, I’m off to work on the leaves and the base. The leaves are already milled and glued, so I just need to cross-cut them and finish them to match. I’m taking extra precautions to avoid chipout. The base will be a modified version of the Rodel Taliesin desk. More about that in our next exciting episode…

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



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noknot

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#1 posted 01-09-2010 02:09 PM

looks nice

-- GO DAWGS!

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#2 posted 01-12-2010 12:01 AM

Thanks for the lesson CaptainSkully. That’s a finish that I might try on my latest project. I’m just now figuring out tints and dyes. So your blog is timely and informative.

-- Kinky Friedman: "The first thing I'll do if I'm elected is demand a recount."

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#3 posted 01-12-2010 06:40 PM

Glad I could help someone whose work I respect so much. I’m right down the street from Craftsman Home in Berkeley, so I have a readily available resource for authentic Stickley finishes and this recipe is spot on.

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

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#4 posted 01-14-2010 06:28 AM

I just had an interesting conversation with my father-in-law, who’s a non-LJ woodworker (for some reason). He brought up an interesting point about using alcohol-based shellac on top of alcohol-based aniline dye, which would explain the softening/smearing effect I’ve seen. Looks like I might have to use distilled water for the dye. Hmmm…

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

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#5 posted 01-18-2010 08:03 AM

Craftsman Home site looks cool! Definitely inspirational…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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