Student desk #3: Please give me time!

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Blog entry by MarkTheFiddler posted 12-16-2014 02:20 AM 1912 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I tried to post part 3 of this blog yesterday and ran into trouble. The wi-fi card finally gave up the ship. It had been aching to be replaced for a few months. Last night, it stopped complaining altogether. It’s HISTORY. That the second fix to this PC in 3 days. Grrr….

Oh yeah – part 3.

Not a lot to share. I got the desk top sanded down to 320 yesterday. Then I rubbed in the first coat of tongue oil.
Len had already warned me about the way the plywood was going to suck in the finish. Boy Howdy!!!!!

Yep, at first I applied an even coat. The oil absorbed so fast that what I applied got sucked into the place I started applying it without much left to spread around. By the time I got finished rubbing that in, the Baltic birch was dry and the oak felt right. The plywood was blotchy because some spots had absorbed the lions share of the oil. I started to rub in another helping of oil and it wasn’t really helping. I poured oil onto a half section and quickly spread it around. That birch glistened with all the oil I put on it. I started rubbing it in and in a few minutes it was right. I did the other side the same way.

I checked the first half. It was much less blotchy and still Bone dry!!! One more pour to both sides and I finally got some good results after rubbing it in. This morning, the plywood was bone dry again. The oak got another rubbing.

I’m hoping the tongue oil will even out the absorbing properties of the plywood before I start applying the expensive stuff.

Len – thank for the heads up!

I also had time to get the drawer cabinet surround slats filled and sanded to 150 grit.

I’m surprised how much cool character that cheap utility oak flooring has. It’s rejected lumber for lack of a better word. Rejected or not, It looks really awesome after I planed, filled and sanded it. I think I said this but I have always been unhappy about buying that oak, even at $1 a foot. Today, I’m thrilled I had it.

Look at this crazy wave.

Here’s something that would probably only amuse me. ;) Four inch wide X 25 long, x .5 thick oak makes a D note ringing sound when you hit it with sprayed water. Yup. That’s my trick to raising the grain. I wipe off the excess. There was a lot of excess on one because I was making sure I heard the D. They all gave me the same sound.

Are you amused? No? Heh heh heh. It must be me then.

Thanks for the tips my friends. They are helping out a lot!

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#1 posted 12-16-2014 02:46 AM

I didn’t mention the other day that when you use a lot of oil on unfinished wood as you have here, it’s best to wait till the odor is gone, that’s an indication that the oil has cured well and you can then apply your shellac/film finish.

I hope this omission/correction isn’t coming too late.

That warm color is looking great.

Work Safely and have Fun. – Len

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#2 posted 12-16-2014 03:56 AM


Keep making music! It’s looking great.


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#3 posted 12-20-2014 07:18 AM

Looking GOOD… Nice Grains…

Thank you.

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

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#4 posted 02-27-2015 12:17 AM

Like what you have done so far Mark. I always like to use wood with character.
Have a blessed evening and fun making dust, Todd

-- Todd Swartwood (Todd Swart-Woodworks)

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