Radio Table #7: Assembly And Stain

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Blog entry by William posted 11-26-2012 11:45 PM 1656 reads 0 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Today, after some final sanding, it was time to start assembly. The top and shelf surfaces were glued and dropped into place.

The drawer front was glued on.

Then I drilled the holes for the knobs my wife picked out.
She picked these because they are the same ones on her jewelry cabinet. She said she likes them and wanted the same.

I’m using Minwax Dark Walnut stain. This is one of my favorite stains. It gives off a different effect depending on the wood and how you apply it. You can obtain a darker finish by leaving it on longer. I like the look it gives on cottonwood though by brushing it on and then immediately wiping off with a lint free rag. So that’s what I’m doing.

The last few photos I believe speak for themselves.
The only thing left to do now is to finish it with polyurethane. So that’s it. I’ll show it off to everyone in a couple of days in the project section.
I hope everyone has enjoyed the journey.


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#1 posted 11-27-2012 12:43 AM

I like the dark walnut stain. The table looks great. Your “Very Special Lady” is going to love this table.

What kind of gloss? Flat, Satin or High Gloss??? Inquiring minds want to know!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#2 posted 11-27-2012 12:58 AM

Wow – that really hits ya right now…...that’s a lot of grain going on there…..looks great…

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#3 posted 11-27-2012 01:05 AM

Now I wana see some shine and see what it does.
Looking good William.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#4 posted 11-27-2012 01:09 AM

Thank you guys.
I’m using gloss poly Randy.
And Dave, the shine will be on in the next few days, but I’ll bet it still won’t “do” anything. It’s a table.
What have you been smoking?


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#5 posted 11-27-2012 02:08 AM

i vote for the satin gloss…:).......someone has been sniffin lacquer thinner…lol…great job william, cant wait to see it done..

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

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#6 posted 11-27-2012 02:14 AM

Who’s been sniffing thinner?
Go check out my other blog Grizz.
I think you’ll get a kick out of it.


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#7 posted 11-27-2012 02:18 AM

turned out beautiful as Jeff said love that wood grain gloss poly is going to look great,where did i do with that glue bottle top :)

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#8 posted 11-27-2012 02:21 AM

That is turning out just great (as anticipated). That stain really changed the complexion of that cottonwood. I think we have another winner!

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

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#9 posted 11-27-2012 02:40 AM

Thank ya’ll.
I think ya’ll will like it even better when I add the finish.
I’ve seen cottonwood with this same stain and finish, and I think it looks awesome.

Eddie, I’ll bet that top is right where you left it.
gfadvm, that is one of the things I like about cottonwood. It takes stain real well.


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#10 posted 11-27-2012 03:16 AM

I used to spray lacquer on kitchen cabinets. You would sit outside for an hour before driving home. WOW

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#11 posted 11-27-2012 05:43 AM

Actually, I bought the respirator you see on my face in my profile picture, specifically because of laquer.
I’d worked with a lot of finishes before. Some gave me a slight headache, but no big deal.
Then came my first time working with laquer.
The doors and windows were open, so I thought I’d be fine.
Then my table saw started dancing.
My bandsaw was talking to me.
Then the lathe started arguing with the bandsaw.
The drill press pulled down it’s pants and was taking a crap in the corner.
All the while, the whole shop was spinning around like something from the Wizard of Oz.
After I got back from talking to the wizard for a new set of lungs.
I never worked with laquer again without a respirator on.


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#12 posted 11-27-2012 05:57 AM

this is looking fantastic william

it sure changed the grain

well done
as usual

as for the mask

i have two of them
and they became such a pain
to ‘saddle into’
with all the straps to tighten
and get all tangled up

i cut them off and left about 2” next to the mask
and sewed on some velcro strapping

now i can get in and out of them
without all that hassle
so i use them more

-- 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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#13 posted 11-27-2012 11:17 AM

Excellent work! I dream of mastering finishing procedures. I’ve unsuccessfully tried a variety of methods. I enjoy looking at well done pieces of work like yours while hoping that oneday I can do the same. Thanks for posting.

-- Ed "Real happiness is one that you share."

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#14 posted 11-27-2012 01:09 PM

The mask I have David has elastic straps and isn’t too bad to put on. I just hate wearing them. Yes, I know that is a bad reason not to, but I’m sure I’m not the only one out there that doesn’t do what we should.

EM, finishes is one of those things that can drive a man nuts.
I like Minwax stains because I can buy them locally. I buy anything I can locally when possible. Ordering from out of state is a last option for me always. I prefer walking into a store and holding what I’m buying. I understand the world is moving to an internet based economy, but I still prefer brick and mortor stores and guess I always will. Also, for the price, I’ve had good luck with Minwax finishes.
That being said, there are a few stains however that I have found to leave on the shelf. Others may like them, but I’ve had disasterous results from them. The main one is cherry. I’ve tried Minwax Cherry stain three times now. All three times, the projects turned out to be fancy firewood by the time I was through.
My favorites are Dark Walnut for dark stain, and pecan for light stain. Both of those, I’ve had nothing but good luck with.
I do not do as the can says though. I always brush on and wipe off. Some I know will disagree with this method, but it is the only one I’ve found that works for me. The only differences I have found to use is the length of time between brushing and wiping. The longer you wait, the more uniform the color will be between grain changes. However, also the longer you wait, the more apt the stain is to turn out blotchy. Again, this is all my opinion. I know others have better experiences.
As for clear finishes, this has been a thorn in my side more than I care to admit. I use polyurethane a lot. My favorite clear finish though would have to be shellac. Even that though can sometimes be hit and miss. If you read where I finished the first run of this table, the shellac did not do well for me. I can’t tell you what went wrong. If I knew this, maybe I could get more uniform results. It seems that some days it likes me; some days not so much.

All that being said, I still have to apply clear finish on this project. So there is still time for it to go south. I hope it doesn’t. At the moment I am happy with this table. In case anyone doesn’t already know, it is a rarity for me to be happy with anything that I build. I can always find things on any project I do that could have been done better. That is the case on this table as well, but not as much as usual.


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#15 posted 11-27-2012 04:42 PM

Thanks William for the informative blog and your unique table design.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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