tiger maple quilt rack

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Project by teenagewoodworker posted 12-31-2008 07:28 PM 2738 views 3 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

this is the tiger maple quilt rack that i have been working on for a few months now. first when i put the trace coat on the sanding job wasn’t so great so i sanded it again up to 120. this is so the curl will accept the die more. the i put the trace coat on. it was a general finishes merlot and sanded that off leaving it in the curl with 180. then i consulted with Charles Neil about spraying the Gemini NGR new england maple dye. NGR dries really fast so you gotta move. especially on any curved surfaces because if you are to slow you will get bad results. so he said that i didn’t want to spray it lightly because it would be too even and thats not what we want. we want to pop the curl. so he said to saturate it with the dye with my spray gun because you can really get a lot on there fast. then to use a rag with denatured alcohol on it to wipe the excess back. it will pull of the extra and some off of the long grain but leaving it in the curl. this really pops the grain. then for the topcoat i sprayed shellac. i sprayed 5 coats scuffing it in between with 400 grit and then after the 5th coat i scuffed with 400 grit and then used some steel wool to make sure that it was really smooth. last i sprayed a really thin coat of shellac to bring the luster back to the finish and i was careful to get it right off of the gun because that is when the finish is the clearest and the best. unless you want to do a lot of rubbing out which is hard on these curved surfaces. these pictures don’t really do it justice though. it looks so much better in real life and you can see the curl all around just like in the third picture.

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#1 posted 12-31-2008 07:52 PM

Great job. Nice finish.

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#2 posted 12-31-2008 08:02 PM

wow that wood is amazing…

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#3 posted 12-31-2008 09:31 PM

Beautiful, and it looks like you got some of those barbie doll toys you wanted, lucky you!!!!!

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#4 posted 12-31-2008 10:43 PM


Looks like the sprayer and booth are working perfectly!


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#5 posted 12-31-2008 10:53 PM

Looks great, The grain really pops. very good build

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#6 posted 01-01-2009 05:28 AM

Denis, thats a nice quilt rack.

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#7 posted 01-01-2009 06:29 AM

Very Nice Work I Like it

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#8 posted 01-01-2009 06:35 AM

pretty piece … curly maple is something else !

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#9 posted 01-03-2009 03:38 PM

POP indeed;

A really great project Denis!

From start to FINISH.

Especially when you consider you are getting tips from your previous “helper”! I guess we can all learn from our helpers. LOL



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#10 posted 01-22-2009 11:10 AM

Hey Denis, Cool, does the cross grain take the wet towels. only joking, you can feel the connection in the growth rings Pete.

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#11 posted 01-22-2009 12:40 PM

stunning wood figure. Nice rack.

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