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Project by rickf16 posted 2022 days ago 1384 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A friend of mine opened his own business. I offered to make him a “business warming gift”, ( if there is such a thing). He said he could use a way to display all his literature. After a few tries with SketchUp, I came up with this design. It’s about 44” X 7” X 7 1/2”. He wanted a dark wood to match the rest of the furniture in his office. I stumbles across a piece of Sapele at my local wood store. I think it is quarter sawn because of the ribbon effect running through the grain. At least that’s what I read online. This was my first attempt at finger joints and they turned out pretty good. The finish is two coats of antique oil and hand rubbed. This also the first piece I have designed an my own.

Lessons learned:
Sapele is very light and will tear out through a planer if you even think about it.
It is also very porous. The bottom is 1/4 thick and when I applied the oil, it bled through to the inside.
Where a mask when sanding. The desert doesn’t have this much dust!!!

-- Rick





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Dusty56

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#1 posted 2022 days ago

she’s a real beauty….....

“The finish is two coats of antique oil and hand rubbed ”......I’m kind of new to this field …are you saying that you “hand rubbed” an oil finish , and if so , how and with what ? Thank you .

-- When you arrive at my front door, please knock softly but firmly. I like soft , firm, knockers : )

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trifern

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#2 posted 2022 days ago

Great looking piece to display literature. I’m sure your friend is thrilled. Thanks for sharing, Rick.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#3 posted 2022 days ago

Very attractive wood grain, well designed, & with great craftsmanship.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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rickf16

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#4 posted 2021 days ago

Thanks Dusty. I applied one coat of Minwax Antique oil finish with a foam brush, let it soak for about 3 minutes and rubbed it out with a clean lint free cloth till no oil bled back from the wood. Then applied a second coat using the same method. When ever you use a wipe on oil, it will tend to bleed back and pool in the pores of the wood. You have to wipe this off before the finish sets up or it will get gummy.

Thanks to all for the compliments. I really like this website. It is the best one I have found for woodworkers!

Rick

-- Rick

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Dusty56

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#5 posted 1993 days ago

thank you for the explanation ! it looks fantastic : )

-- When you arrive at my front door, please knock softly but firmly. I like soft , firm, knockers : )

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