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Arts and Crafts Library Desk #5: Bullet Board, Jeff Jewitt Style Finish

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Blog entry by pintodeluxe posted 12-18-2013 08:06 PM 1520 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 4: Secret Compartment Drawers , Transtint Dye Part 5 of Arts and Crafts Library Desk series Part 6: Drawer Slides and Hammered Pulls »

In part 4 of this series I pre-raised the grain, and applied the initial coloring with Transtint Brown Mohogany Dye. When the dye is wet it looks amazing, but quickly dries to a lifeless sheen.

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The drawer fronts were stained before assembly. After the glueup dried overnight, the drawers were lacquered.

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The desk was stained with Varathane Dark Walnut oil based stain. When wet the stain looked great, but it too dried to a grayish cast. Not to worry though, once the lacquer was applied, the rich warm color returned.

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Overall, the finish is a dark brown reminiscent of the old Stickley fumed finish. The Brown Mohogany dye gives the desk a subtle warm red undertone.

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The stain-over-dye technique helps to highlight the figure of the QSWO. The dye preferentially colors the medullary rays, while the stain colors the straight grain.

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I had this piece of white oak laying around my shop for quite some time. It has a bullet lodged in it, and my son wanted to incorporate it into his desk. After the stain went on, I polished the slug a bit so you can just see it through the finish.

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Next I will install the drawers on undermount slides, add hammered pulls, wax it, and set it under the Christmas tree.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush



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stefang

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#1 posted 12-18-2013 09:07 PM

Beautiful finish Willie, it really brings out the rays well. I hope you find enough space under the tree!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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pintodeluxe

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#2 posted 12-18-2013 09:53 PM

Thanks Mike.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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kaerlighedsbamsen

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#3 posted 12-18-2013 09:56 PM

Looks great. Like the detail with the bullet- think it gives the table a special story

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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AandCstyle

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#4 posted 12-19-2013 12:00 AM

It looks superb and is another masterpiece to add to your portfolio. Keep them coming!

-- Art

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SPalm

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#5 posted 12-19-2013 01:01 AM

Good job with the coloring. You seemed to have nailed that classic white oak look.

I like it,
Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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pintodeluxe

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#6 posted 12-19-2013 02:24 AM

The first time I saw Jeff Jewitt’s finishing schedule I laughed a little bit, because it sounded too complex. However, it doesn’t seem too bad when you are actually applying the finish.

Thanks

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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hjt

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#7 posted 12-19-2013 05:49 AM

I’ve heard of “notches on the bed post,” but a slug in the desk?? Now that’s a new one! Great work, brother!

-- Harold

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#8 posted 12-19-2013 11:35 PM

Very nice desk Willie. Love the bullet hole! I’m sure your son will enjoy this.

-- Paul, Las Vegas

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