rosewood / curly maple /purpleheart / lacewood #5: GOT SOME LEGS ON THIS PRAYER !

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Blog entry by patron posted 10-16-2009 02:36 AM 2218 reads 8 times favorited 41 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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here is the last instalment on blogs ,
the next one will be a project .
i am waiting for some natural oil and wax .
i have had it with all the chemical finishes .
nothing but misery for me .
i have 4 projects i built before this i won’t show ,
as they are still being sanded after 2 months of agony .
when i became a woodworker ,
it was a trade by itself ,
the finishing was done by finishers ,
that was a trade by itself .
now that is a thing of the past ,
and we woodworkers are just expected to take over .
i’m not one of them .
so i found something called natural oil ,
( from a fellow LJ’s post )
in the old days , i built it , and sanded and maybe some thompsons water seal ,
or the owner would hire someone qualified to do finishing .
any way here is my new table sans finish .
as it is very hard and exotic woods ,
a surface chemical will just be like plastic i feel ,
and probably peel off over time .
thanks for looking , any comments are apreceated .
the legs just showed up as they were what wood i had left after the border .
the photos aren’t the best ,
as the sun was setting ,
hope you like it .







-- 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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#1 posted 10-16-2009 02:44 AM

Beautiful … amazing precision
Have you ever tried General Finishes ? You might like it. It has worked on everything I’ve ever tried and it is wipe on.
From experience it lasts for over ten years.

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#2 posted 10-16-2009 02:48 AM

Yeah !!! Way to go David !!!

This looks fantastic, I like the legs with the accents, they blend the whole table.
AWESOME !!! : )


-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~

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#3 posted 10-16-2009 02:51 AM

awesome. I can’t wait for the projects post.

-- ---call me---- Mark

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#4 posted 10-16-2009 02:59 AM

awesome work David

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#5 posted 10-16-2009 03:25 AM

Beautiful Piece, my Friend! It’s You all over…the Love and Passion you have for working the wood and the Great Heart that beats inside of you, that allows you to envision and create things others can’t even dream of…
I’m glad to hear of your choice to forgo the chemical alternatives of finishing, Good For You!! And I too, can hardly wait until we all see it shining with your choice!!
My Prayer, is that yours get heard and answered…

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#6 posted 10-16-2009 03:39 AM

David, Totally Awesome.

-- John @

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#7 posted 10-16-2009 03:45 AM

For what it’s worth, I use natural stain if I don’t want to hide the wood but want to seal it (Minwax for ex.), let it dry some, buff it, put on Johnson’s Floor Wax, buff it and I’m done. Even if I use a poly (rubbed on or painted) I always finish with Johnson’s. It helps smooth the irregularities and mellows the sheen. I’m also not a finisher by choice so that’s what I do!

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#8 posted 10-16-2009 03:57 AM

Wow, David I can so appreciate your free flowing design capabilities. They always are one of a kind, anyone wold love to have some of your pieces as they have your signature by design! I feel the same way about let the wood tell me what to build but that only goes so far as good design is important too. Some get it but it takes time and much criticism, always looking back in time to think of a better way or what to do different. My early finish was Birchwood Casys gunstock True oil, but then found tung or teak oil from Dalys. Wet sand the stain with #400 then again every coat up till #800 then a good wax. Takes forever! Now I use Profin spray or wipe on or Minwax wipe on poly, dries faster & #0000 steel wool between coats. Wax as the final touch! I worked for a really high end antique refinisher, they used sanding sealer sanded between the first 3 coats to build up the pores flat then top coat with conversion varnish. It’s not easy when the temp is 50 or less. Love your work! Oh Try Festool Ras 150 sander up to #4000 grit & the wood wont accept anything but wax anyway, like glass>

-- $tudie

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#9 posted 10-16-2009 03:59 AM

A teacher many years ago got me hooked on ‘WunderLust’. Equal parts of linseed oil, paint thinner, and spar varnish. Wipe on a coat, let stand a few minutes, then wipe off, and let dry. rub down with ‘0000’ steel wool. Do this several time, at least three or four coats most woods. Let dry [cure], then wax with good quality hard furniture/floor wax.

-- Rustfever, Central California

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#10 posted 10-16-2009 04:00 AM

Dave this is table outstanding!!! Can you write a blog on how you did it ?
I’d love to know how you go about puting together the patterns you do!

Superb Craftsmanship!

-- Rj's Woodworks,San Jose & Weed Ca,

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#11 posted 10-16-2009 04:29 AM

A great table…sure hope your customer knows the quality he’s getting…and I’ve enjoyed viewing the process and learning from the master….

-- /\/\/\ BarryW /\/\/\ Stay so busy you don't have time to die.

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#12 posted 10-16-2009 05:28 AM

David: I use the same stuff that rustfeaver uses, but I’ve seen it called home made Danish Oil. I use the same proportions. I also mix just what I need and I put in a little Japan Dryer and it hardens up over night.

I also use a randon Orbital sander at times to sand the oil slurry and fill pores in wood like walnut. It fill the pores with a Danish Oil/Walnut mix and I use a sharpened Putty knife to cut the filler off the next day. I try not to pull it out of the pores.

I wouldn’t use the asning on this table because of the different colors.

The legs really set it off.

-- 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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#13 posted 10-16-2009 06:23 AM

I run out of stuff to say about how cool this table and your work is David so I’ll say what I always say beautiful,wonderful,outstanding, marvelous, outstanding ,amazing,great and fantabulous. very nice Bud.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#14 posted 10-16-2009 07:10 AM

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful…......... what else can one say to a perfect piece of art!!!!

Fantastic Patron, can’t wait for the project to see what finish you put on…...
I also like the homemade danish

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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#15 posted 10-16-2009 09:24 AM

David…you are amazing!
This is beautiful. The legs match the unique style of the table.
Design and execution just amazing!

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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