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Blog entry by matt garcia posted 1349 days ago 3510 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well it finally wamed up enough around here to do some glue ups. I got my feet made and glued up, and attached them to the base. Then I routed the edge of the base, and made the transition moulding and glued that. Now a mother cold front has come through, and it looks like it might freeze tonight!! Good thing I got busy in the shop yesterday.

I also went to Clark’s for some secondary lumber. It must have been my lucky day Saturday!! When I arrived at Clark’s, first thing I saw in the lumber warehouse was a whole cart filled with poplar and red oak cutoffs between 24” and 33”. All half price!! Well I got enough to finish this project, and maybe another for $25.00!!

Here are some pics of my current project in progress!!





I’ve been discussing the finish for this project with Bob A in NJ, and he thinks I should finish this in it’s natural color. I’ve been experimenting with TransTint Medium Brown dye, BLO and clear spray shellac. This is what it looks like. What do you guys think? Natural, or stained?


-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#1 posted 1349 days ago

Very nice Matt, it is really looking good.

I have not been to Clarks yet, I have heard about it, but have never made it there. I should go up that way on a lunch hour this week and check it out.

-- I am responsible for how I respond to everything in my life - - Deadwood SD

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#2 posted 1349 days ago

Matt, that looks good.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#3 posted 1348 days ago

looks really good matt, can’t wait to see it done.
as for finishing… my vote is to go natural.

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#4 posted 1348 days ago

Very nice. Love the feet. That is some beautiful wood.

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#5 posted 1348 days ago

Outstanding progress so far…

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

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#6 posted 1348 days ago

Matt it’s looking beautiful I am just in the last stages of a flamed maple jewellery chest I’m leaving it natural I know it will develop a nice creamy honey lookafter a couple of years but I do like the tint too. Personal I guess or build another,whichever you decide on it’s gonna look great
Best regards

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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#7 posted 1347 days ago

looking good Matt, i like the stain sample you pictured above myself.

Ottoh, definitely check out Clark when you can , you will love it

-- David - Houston, Texas. (

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