Building a wall-mounted wine-glass rack #4: Finishing

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Blog entry by Brad posted 10-16-2012 11:13 PM 2790 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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In my last post, I completed the first subassembly, cut the glass-retention slats to size and beaded the half-slats. Before affixing them to the shelf, it was time to put some finish on everything.

On my first prototype, I used wine to stain the exposed end grain of one of the slats. It really didn’t appeal to me, but more importantly, it didn’t appeal to my client (my lady).

For the final stain, I created a five-sample splotch so that she could decide among the options.

And the winner is…

After one coat of stain, the aspen looked a bit reddish in the light of my garage workshop. When I took it inside by the buffet, it picked up the amber hues of the buffet and the room’s wood trim. Alongside those elements, it looks amberish, which was exactly what I wanted. An added benefit is that the lighter stain brings out the grain nicely.

After the stain dried, each piece received a hand-rubbed coating of satin polyurethane. A 400 grit, very light, sanding between coats left a smooth finish.

After three coats, I signed and dated the back with a green permanent marker. Then encased it in a coat of polyurethane finish.

Final Assembly
I installed the half slats first, flush against each of the shelf support brackets.

After that, I evenly spaced the two full slats in between the outer half slats.

When I sized each slat, I made them about 1/16” short along the width of the shelf to allow for wood movement. I used playing cards as spacers to bring the front edge of each slat flush with the front edge of the shelf. Some required three cards, others four.

Once I had them flush, I clamped them to the shelf, measured in 2.5 inches and drilled a hole center mass.

From the initial hole, I dropped a plumb, measuring up from the bottom about 2.5” and drilling a second hole.

Drilling the hole left some tearout to make the slat sit proud of the shelf, so I unclamped the slat and used a chisel to remove the waste for a flush fit.

In order for the top shelf to be one continuous, non-catching surface, it was necessary to countersink the mounting screws so they sit flush. My restored 6” Skinner brace was perfect to countersink the holes from the top so that the screws would not show once the rack was mounted.

Once this was complete, the completed rack dried in my shop for a week while I traveled to Toronto and St. Louis on business.

In my next post, I’ll mount the rack and load it up with pretty glassware.


-- "People's lives are their own rewards or punishments."

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#1 posted 10-17-2012 06:23 PM

Another great, detailed blog.

I never had any luck with that Minwax stuff. I mostly have tried it on oak and birch ply and it doesnt absorb into the denser wood, only the porus parts.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#2 posted 10-17-2012 10:05 PM

Indeed Mauricio, that was my experience on this project too. The finish came out a bit blotchy.

-- "People's lives are their own rewards or punishments."

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#3 posted 10-17-2012 11:23 PM

Check out transtint dye, works like a champ, my favorite stuff for staining.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#4 posted 10-17-2012 11:54 PM

Brad you’re lucky your good lady picked a winner from your swatch board. I’ve done a few swatch boards in my time for my wife to choose a winner and she usually says something like “What if you mixed 1 with 4” and then I have to do another swatch board. Then she’ll pick one, I’ll apply the stain and then she’ll say she doesn’t like it. LOL.

Nice to see the Skinner earning its keep.

-- - Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#5 posted 10-18-2012 07:12 PM

Mauricio, I look forward to giving the transtint dye a shot.

Andy, my lady doesn’t have the “move the couch over there so I can see how it looks….no wait, now move it over there…hmmmm…how would it look over there” gene, thank goodness. While the stain I used looked reddish in the shop, next to the other wood in the area I mounted it, it looks golden. I also suggested, and she accepted, that we use a lighter stain so as not to have the rack predominate over the other wooden elements in the area.

I use, and enjoy the Skinners all the time. The 6” one is my dedicated counterbore brace. I love how she gleams :) Thanks for your role in helping them find their way into my appreciative hands brother.

-- "People's lives are their own rewards or punishments."

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