|Project by Mike Shea||posted 01-22-2009 11:26 PM||1883 views||3 times favorited||8 comments|
Buisness has been slow recently so i have had the chance to help my mom and dad fix the home up. small impovements such as patio’s, fireplace mantles and wood top surfaces improve the look of the home dramaticly.
the fireplace mantle and stairway ledges i finished n a weekend. they are both made from honduras mahogany hardwood and plywood. for the mantle i simpley made a box out of plywood. i then tacked the box with pre fabed mahogany crown moulding.
the stairway ledge is done the same way as the mantle but with a large surface of plywood on top. the duck tape you see on the drywall is covering a hole. i had to cut a whole so that i could secure the plywood surface from underneath with screws. my mother wanted a darker aged mahogany collor. to achieve that age i aplied a mix of potasium dychromate and water to the surface. the chemical enters the wood fibers and reacts with the tanic acids in the wood to darken the fibers. it is a great way to darken cherry, and mahogany. it does not give the fake look that most collorants and pigments do. after the potasium dychromate was aplied i put down a few coats of linseed oil and tung oil for protection and luster.
in the yard i put up a pergola. all i can say about this project is that it was a pain in my ass working with semi green building lumber. we didnt have the money for kiln dried clear doug fir or cedar so we went with construction grade building lumber. this thing was cupped and bowed in every wich direction. meanwhile i am tring to work with the same tolerances that i make my furniture with. put it this way, the nieghbors all heard they’re share of profanity for this year. i came to my senses and settled for a less then perfect arbor or pergola. besides it will be covered with vines in a year
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