Walnut Platform Bed #6: Got some oil on it

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Blog entry by Craftsman on the lake posted 08-24-2012 09:17 PM 1969 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 5: Making the bed head have a Japanese flair Part 6 of Walnut Platform Bed series Part 7: Lighting... It's Alive! »

I managed to get a couple of coats of tung oil on the bed today. After prolific sanding to 400 grit I thinned about 50/50 pure tung oil and turpentine and sealed the wood. After drying I got another coat of slightly thinned tung oil. A couple more to go I’d think then a rub down with some steel wool and eventually wax after a good time to cure. I’ve never worked with these woods or tung oil. Have I got it right guys? Don’t want to get too complicated.
The LED lights will be all that is left. Boy what a long haul this bed has been. Not over my head I don’t think but almost. Definitely time consuming.

I’m really impressed at how Jatoba (the reddish wood) oils up. And the oiling of the iris I carved seems to hide a few of the imperfections. I rarely blame myself for imperfections. I do what I can and my motto is: “This is as good as I can do or am willing to do at this time with my current experience.”

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#1 posted 08-24-2012 09:36 PM

Looks like it will be lovely.

-- Fergie in CO

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#2 posted 08-24-2012 10:59 PM

i really love it Dan, i think you have done a fantastic job, your daughter will love this forever, and your heirloom piece will be with her for the rest of her life…really great job, i cant wait to see this all done and the lights will probably look like its ready for take off..or hoovering waiting to beam someone up…i love walnut, and your mixture with the other woods is right on…grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#3 posted 08-24-2012 11:25 PM

Beautiful looking wood. A great job.

-- 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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#4 posted 08-25-2012 02:19 AM

Oh my! That is coming along super. The oil really shows the beauty of the woods and I think it will only improve with age. Can’t wait to see it lit up like a UFO (thank Grizz for that image).

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#5 posted 08-25-2012 01:10 PM

It’s looking mighty fine to me.

-- I never finish anyth

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#6 posted 08-25-2012 03:30 PM

Most excellent work COL, your relief carving adds a nice
touch, thanks for posting your progress.

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#7 posted 09-03-2012 07:53 AM

Wow this is my first day on this site and I would like to say I really like your work. This bed is awsome! The other beds and projects you have are also impressive. Great Work ! Shamrock

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Craftsman on the lake

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#8 posted 09-03-2012 08:18 AM

Thank you Shamrock and welcome aboard. Everything I do is a new experience for me. I still consider myself an amateur. Working with some of these woods is new to me and the carving, lights, etc are all first time endeavors. I’m delivering the bed today to my daughter in NY about 250 miles away. It’s all packed into the truck and ready to go this morning. I’m hoping to get it all set up , made and get some photos to post as a project.

She’s on the second floor. The bed head weighs a ton! ugh. I’m not gettin’ younger here!

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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