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Project by mnorusis posted 1720 days ago 1316 views 6 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These are Christmas presents for my son’s teachers at school. The best part of the project was how excited my 5 year old son was to help. He glued and clamped everything together (the banding and then the main pieces) and also sanded on the oil/varnish finish.

They are curly maple and walnut, and the last one is Mahogany with Maple accents. I love how curly maple shimmers when finished.

The finish is a mix of equal parts BLO, Tung Oil and Glossy Poly with a cap full of japan dryer, sanded on at 400 grit and wiped off 30 minutes later. Then 6 coats of spray on Semi-Gloss Deft on the front and 3 on the back.

-Mike





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dbhost

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#1 posted 1720 days ago

Those sure are pretty…

I’d love to see how that finish is applied…

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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mnorusis

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#2 posted 1720 days ago

Thanks.

The finish is super easy. I just mixed up equal parts of BLO, Tung Oil (bottle has to say pure Tung Oil) and glossy oil based poly. HomeDepot sells empty/plain metal quart paint cans to store it in. (Google “maloof finish” for more info on this). I usually sand this oil on (flood the surface then sand in) with 400 grit wet sandpaper. Wipe off the excess after 15/30 minutes. After it’s fully dry, I repeat this again with 600 grit paper. (I didn’t have another day for a second coat of oil on these.

After the 2nd coat of oil dries, spray on Deft Spray. This is my first finished project with the Deft spray. Previously I’ve just done test pieces. It turned out just a bit too plasticy for me and I’m not sure why yet. I didn’t sand b/w coats of Deft, so maybe that was it. Or maybe I put some of the coats on too thick. Hopefully it’ll be better next time.

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scrappy

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#3 posted 1719 days ago

Nice crosses. Allways great to have the kids in the shop helping out and learning.

Keep it up.

Scrappy

-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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Monty Queen

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#4 posted 1719 days ago

Great job, looks real good.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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DrBreakIt

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#5 posted 1719 days ago

Very nice. I am looking for projects to do with my son.

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Raymond

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#6 posted 1719 days ago

Those are wonderful. I enjoy making crosses myself. Great work.

-- Ray

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a1Jim

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#7 posted 1719 days ago

neat

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BTKS

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#8 posted 1719 days ago

Great work dad. My 5 year old daughter loves making bird houses. There is one in my projects that she designed and picked out all the materials. Its not particularly conducive to any species of birds but we had a good time making it.
Be safe and enjoy the time with your kids while they still think you’re cool. BTKS

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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bigike

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#9 posted 1711 days ago

nice crosses. great contrasting woods

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://www.icombadaniels@yahoo.com

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clieb91

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#10 posted 1248 days ago

This project just came upon my front page. I know I am a bit late but very nice looking crosses, great choices of woods. Did you assemble them with a half lap?
My daughter will be starting Catholic School next year so I may be keeping these in mind.

CtL

-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- PortablePastimes.com (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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