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Blog entry by Ron Aylor posted 09-24-2017 06:17 PM 757 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 6: Gadrooning Part 7 of • Fr. Chad's Prie Dieu series Part 8: Onward & Upward »

The Right Color –
 
Wanting to capture the color of the altar table in the Harvard Chapel of Southwark Cathedral, London, I decided (after a bit of trial and error)  on a concoction of 4 ounces of General Finishes Medium Brown Dye/Stain (straight out of the can)  diluted with 1-1/2 ounces of water.
 

 
I covered the cocobolo butterflies with tape and slathered on a quick coat, letting it sit for about ten minutes before soaking up the residue with a paper towel. I let this dry for about 30 minutes before applying a second coat, concentrating heavily on the sap wood. Same as before, I let it sit for about ten minutes before soaking up the residue with a paper towel.
 

 
And … look Ma … no more sap wood! As you can see in the background I used this same concoction/process on the barley twist split spindle.
 

 
I let this sit for a day or two before attaching the gadrooned trim pieces and applying the first coat of boiled linseed oil. I just love the color.
 

 
With the kneeling platform completed … it’s time to move onward and upward. Thanks for looking … all comments and/or questions welcomed. Follow my progress with the links below:
 
Fr. Chad's Prie Dieu #1 - An Ambitious Endeavor

Fr. Chad's Prie Dieu #2 - To the File Box!

Fr. Chad's Prie Dieu #3 - Barley Twist Split Spindle

Fr. Chad's Prie Dieu #4 - A Secret Drawer

Fr. Chad's Prie Dieu #5 - Butterflies & Trim

Fr. Chad's Prie Dieu #6 - Gadrooning

Fr. Chad's Prie Dieu #7 - The Right Color

Fr. Chad's Prie Dieu #8 - Onward & Upward

Fr. Chad's Prie Dieu #9 - On the Rail

Fr. Chad's Prie Dieu #10 – Panels Rising

Fr. Chad's Prie Dieu #11 – Panel Risen

Fr. Chad's Prie Dieu #12 – Upper Case

Fr. Chad's Prie Dieu #13 - Two Become One

Fr. Chad's Prie Dieu #14 - Click … Swoosh

Fr. Chad's Prie Dieu #15 – The Top

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.



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Oldtool

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#1 posted 09-24-2017 07:00 PM

Is it just my eyes going bad as they are, or did the butterflies take on the same color as the dye, after application of the BLO? (Last photo)
Anyway, really looking good, nice antique appearance with that brown.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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Ron Aylor

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#2 posted 09-24-2017 07:03 PM


Is it just my eyes going bad as they are, or did the butterflies take on the same color as the dye, after application of the BLO? (Last photo)
Anyway, really looking good, nice antique appearance with that brown.

- Oldtool

Tom, it may just be the light at that angle. Here is another shot …
 

 
... they are dark, but still quite distinguishable. Thanks!
 

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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Dave Polaschek

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#3 posted 09-24-2017 11:21 PM

Are you going to stain it with sunshine, too? It’s looking pretty darned good, but for some reason I expected the cocobolo butterflies to be darker. Then again, my brain has been kinda goofy all day, so maybe that’s it.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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Ron Aylor

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#4 posted 09-25-2017 10:28 AM



Are you going to stain it with sunshine, too? It s looking pretty darned good, but for some reason I expected the cocobolo butterflies to be darker. Then again, my brain has been kinda goofy all day, so maybe that s it.

- Dave Polaschek

Dave, as I continue with the side, back, and door panels I’ll place the Ambrosia maple pieces in the sun. I will try and keep the walnut pieces out of the sun this go round. As to the cocobolo butterflies … they currently have but one coat of boiled linseed oil … maybe they will get darker.
 

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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Ron Aylor

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#5 posted 10-23-2017 11:35 AM

For those interested … I have NOT given up on this project … I simply ran out of walnut! Having made another purchase from Suwanee Lumber, I found myself with a garage full of walnut, cherry, and ash. I took some time to fashion additional racks in my shop to get this lumber up off the floor and stored properly for the winter. I’m also having a skylight installed in the shop which required me to move things around a bit. Once I get things re-organized I’ll be back on task. Thanks for all the emails and private messages wondering what was up! More to this blog soon.

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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Dave Polaschek

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#6 posted 10-23-2017 12:59 PM

Good to hear, Ron. Looking forward to the next update, and watching some weird wood stuff of my own. Cherry is darker than apple with just BLO, which is no surprise. But apple got darker than cherry under a coat of orange shellac. That one has me pretty confused at the moment. Maybe I’ll just put it out in the weak winter sun until they equalize.

Clearly, the wood, it has a mind of its own sometimes.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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