A new dining room set for my wife! #24: No, I'm not just messing around. I'm finishing up.

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Blog entry by GaryK posted 05-19-2011 08:29 PM 4162 reads 1 time favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 23: Finishing up the back. Part 24 of A new dining room set for my wife! series Part 25: Finishing finally done! Now assembly Begins »

See, I’ve been working hard. Finally got all the sanding done!

All the pieces are dyed. and I am starting the poly finish.

All the parts were wet and left to dry. This will raise the grain. Then sanded it all off. Then dyed and anything left was lightly sanded using steel wool.

Here’s all the legs. The ones on the right are still wet with dye.

And the side and front aprons with their first coat of poly.

And the 8 backs.

I needed to put these together in advance of any finishing since I would have to sand the crest flush with the back frame. This also makes it harder to finish. You can see that I pre-finished the little insert in the crest. That was a real pain!

I figured out a really cool way to finish the back assembly. I screwed an eye hook into the ceiling and hung them up.
I start out hanging it low and then raise it as I go. Works VERY well. I can rotate it in the light to make sure that I got everything.

I’m leaving the hook in the ceiling!

Good thing I pre-finished the insert, huh? I just remove the dowel to take it down.

I also needed a spacer on the other side to keep the wire off of the part.

The next time I’ll be assembling the chairs.

I was thinking about doweling the legs through the tenons from the inside. That way nothing would bee seen from the outside, but I decided against it. The corner blocks should be plenty.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#1 posted 05-19-2011 08:46 PM

looking good there gary

well done

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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Joe Lyddon

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#2 posted 05-19-2011 08:54 PM

You’re just like a good ole Timex, Gary!

Very good…

What kind of dye are you using?

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#3 posted 05-19-2011 09:01 PM

Joe – I’m using a water based TransFast dye. Medium reddish brown.

A little goes a long way. You want it darker just add more, lighter add more water.

You can get it here.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#4 posted 05-19-2011 09:13 PM

Looks, Gary. Maybe someday I will have you guys woodworking skills.

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#5 posted 05-19-2011 09:36 PM

You’re like a machine!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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Joe Lyddon

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#6 posted 05-19-2011 09:54 PM


Thank you…

Here is another source for Trans-Fast


This stuff is good too... (can be used with all kinds of bases)

The best prices I have found and reasonable shipping too… :)

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#7 posted 05-19-2011 09:54 PM

It been quit the journey my friend, a beautiful blog and by the way what times dinner on Sunday….great job Gary hope the wife loves to cook…BC

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#8 posted 05-19-2011 10:39 PM

Great job Gary.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#9 posted 05-20-2011 12:32 AM

Looking real good Gary.


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#10 posted 05-20-2011 01:37 AM

Hi Gary,
Have been following every post. Only one word. Astounding.

-- Jack Keefe Shediac NB Canada

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#11 posted 05-20-2011 02:28 AM

wow i hope i’m as good as you someday! awesome

-- Derek, Iowa

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#12 posted 05-20-2011 03:13 AM

Looks great Gary. I hang things from a screw eye in the bottom of a leg or the like but I like your dowel idea, especially for this job.

Again, nice work.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees.

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#13 posted 05-20-2011 03:50 AM

Nice work Gary, this has been a great post to follow!

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#14 posted 05-20-2011 11:28 AM

you are unbelievable.
I’d be still trying to figure out how to make the first leg.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#15 posted 05-20-2011 12:24 PM

great job I can’t wait to see the whole set done!

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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