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Blog entry by Dave S posted 11-27-2010 09:50 PM 991 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My next project is ambitious!

Here’s an in-progress shot of the back of a mission style desk made of red oak. The kicker? The middle of the desk tilts up to become a drafting table with ratcheting positions! Skill I’m learning this project? Doweling pieces together. (Though this will mostly be pocketholes)

structure is complete. Currently working on sanding, then finishing. Definitely looking for advice on finishing red oak. This will be a heavy-use piece, so the finish needs to be very durable. Currently thinking a dark redish finish with 3 or 4 coats of wipe-on poly.

-- Faking it 'till I make it.

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#1 posted 11-27-2010 10:57 PM

Dave, Welcome to LJs, nice to see one else that is not far away. That looks like an awesome desk, can’t wait to see it finished.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#2 posted 11-27-2010 11:05 PM

Neat idea. I like a drafting table and the smell of freshly shaved pencil lead in the morning!!

-- “Once more unto the breach, dear friends...” Henry V - Act III, Scene I

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#3 posted 11-28-2010 12:30 AM

Be sure to apply a wood filler to seal the pores and make the wood smoother for writing on. I used this by applying the sealer and letting it set for 20 minutes then wiping it off with a coarse cloth across the grain, not with or you will take the sealer out of the pores. If you have any, straw is excellent for doing this.

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#4 posted 11-28-2010 05:23 AM

Once the pores are filled, I suggest Arm-R-Seal…...that stuff is tough. I finished a toy box with 3 coats of danish oil topped with 3 coats of Arm-R-Seal, and my rough-house little girl hasn’t damaged the finish yet….been 2 years.

-- Measuring twice and cutting once only works if you read the tape correctly!

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