Stickley Dining Table no. 622 #4: The Inspector! Plus World's Most Boring Woodworking Video

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Which Wax?
I bought a new kind of wax by Howards based on a recommendation from a friend. It is called Walnut. I compared it to the Briwax (Dark Brown) which I have have used previously. The Briwax is much darker. The Howards smells like citrus and claims to provide u.v. protection. It does seem a little more gritty, but applies smoothly.

Here is a shot with one base assembly (right) finished with the wax. The other is not (left)

After finishing the base and the underside of the top, I turned my attention to the top of the top.

I began with two coats of de-waxed shellac (Zinser Seal-Coat)

Here you can see the raw wood vs. sealed.

Watch a really boring video of me shellacing. Witness my careful maneuvers with the shellac pad. Warning: slow action.

There were two prominent sapwood streaks to deal with.

When you fume with ammonia the sapwood is not affected. I ordered a different dye from Tools for Woodworking

It is relatively close to Actual Fumed oak, though it could use a little brown. I bought a couple of other colors but have not mixed them yet. Any who. Here is the sapwood with a little dye. It is not possible to totally disguise it. I just wanted to reduce the contrast. If you add too dark a dye it will bleed into the surrounding areas. One way to deal with this is to tint all of the shellac so that the entire piece has the dye’s tone. I was not willing to alter the color of the entire table. I add the dye to a little shellac and then paint it on the sapwood. I carefully wipe the borders.

Top Coast
I used my stash of Minwax Wipe-On Poly for the top coat. It is a satin but still fairly Glossy. Also, you can’t get it anymore in Los Angeles County due to VOC regulations. It is easy to apply and looks nice with added protection.

After three coats of the poly I rubbed the top with steel wood and then a cloth. Finally the Walnut wax which tones down the poly and adds more brown to the top.

We have been debating the sheen of the piece. Here is the boss inspecting the table.

Next time
Project post once I get someone to help me haul it to the dining room.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#1 posted 2222 days ago


You do such great work.

I hope to be able to meet you and the inspector one day and to see your projects in person.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#2 posted 2222 days ago

Nice job

-- jeanmarc manosque france

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#3 posted 2222 days ago

you’re like a shellacing robot! The precision paid off, nicely done.

-- Fritz Oakland, Ca (dedicated to my other hobby)

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#4 posted 2222 days ago

Great work. The careful decision and application of finishes really pay off. In restoring original finishes we NEVER use Briwax. This is really powerful stuff and I believe can be used as a stand alone finish on raw wood. It has something in it that will actually strip original shellac off. We use “American Paste Wax” and I like their product that has a touch of color in it, light oak. This keeps the wax from blushing. Good stuff.


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#5 posted 2222 days ago

Giz -

I have been following this project with interest. Excellent work! I enjoyed the shellacing video . . . I guess woodworkers really are boring! Looks like you passed the finish inspection. What is next in your shop?

I believe the “really powerful stuff” in Briwax is toluene.

Briwax MSDS

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#6 posted 2222 days ago

Todd: Anytime you come to California.

Daltons: Good info on Briwax. Scary!

David: Back to finish the kitchen cabinet doors and pullouts.

I will post project tomorrow after I get some better light.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#7 posted 2219 days ago

Nice finishing moves…

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#8 posted 2216 days ago

Thats a great piece. Thanx for the videos. Glad to see the boss approved!

-- Steve-o

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#9 posted 2215 days ago

Hi gizmodyne:

BRIWAX is nasty stuff. The toluene fumes are overpowering.

I blend my own finishing waxes with:

90% Bees Wax, by weight
10% Carnauba Wax, by weight
Solvent Blend (Citrus Solvent and Low-Odor Mineral Spirits)

If I want color, I add a little Aniline Tincture of the desired color.

I melt and mix the ingredients outdoors on an electric hot plate.

-- 温故知新

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#10 posted 2214 days ago

I love your table project, and I really enjoy the step-by-step reports. However I do have a suggestion
that may help you out on your next one. Lose the Radiohead and put on something more contemporary—maybe Old 97’s, or Reckless Kelly. I would suggest Merle, but you would have to work without a hat and with your right hand over your heart!

-- Kinky Friedman on gay marriage: "They should have the right to be just as miserable as the rest of us."

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#11 posted 2214 days ago

Thanks tbone. Suggestion duly noted.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#12 posted 2203 days ago

Nice table and enjoyed your videos.

-- Something that goes unnoticed will never be remembered.

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#13 posted 993 days ago


Were you able to find a retailer that sells the Minwax Wipe-On Poly in Oil based? I’m about to finish a mantel and am trying to locate Minwax Wipe-On Poly Stain in Oil based. All that I can find is the water based version.

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