|Project by savannah505||posted 03-25-2009 05:37 AM||3116 views||2 times favorited||19 comments|
I had some ebony veneer with a lot of light brown with the black, and decided to experiment a bit with some red dye on it. The tests came out better than I thought and so I thought I would try this piece using it. I came up with the idea after seeing the jewelry box a few months ago done by “Bibb” titled “red pagoda”.
So I want to thank him for the inspiration. As with most projects that all of us post, the pictures don’t do it justice, the black galaxy granite has beautiful copperish gold colored specks or flakes that really stand out against the black. I put an oil lamp in front to show the reflection I obtained, using 12 coats of deft laquer, and buffed with polishing compounds to a high gloss. I use a buffmaster, with 2 different automotive compounds by 3m on a wool pad, and then a foam pad for final polish. The compounds are – 3m superduty, and then the final is 3m finesse-it ll. I sand to 220 and then switch to the compounds and buff out. I always spray with guns, and never out of cans, more control that way and better application of the material. I placed a layer of cork on the bottom to protect any floor it may be put on. Next time I would shoot with automotive urethane for better build up, which should only take about 3 coats to get the same results. I biscuit jointed the granite to the veneered plywood, using a biscuit joiner on the ply, and then cutting the slots in the granite with a diamond blade on a grinder by hand. This got a little tricky, and had to re-cut a couple of times on some of the slots when dry fitting to get that good flush fit, then used epoxy to glue it all together. Hope you all enjoy this, and I hope it encourages more of you to combine stone with your wood if you can.
-- Dan Wiggins