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Project by mnorusis posted 12-17-2009 02:20 AM 1959 views 7 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.


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#1 posted 12-17-2009 02:30 AM

Those sure are pretty…

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

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#2 posted 12-17-2009 03:03 AM


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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#3 posted 12-17-2009 07:15 AM

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

Keep it up.


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#4 posted 12-17-2009 07:51 AM

Great job, looks real good.

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#5 posted 12-17-2009 02:39 PM

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

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#6 posted 12-17-2009 04:37 PM

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

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#7 posted 12-17-2009 06:12 PM


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#8 posted 12-17-2009 09:29 PM

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

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#9 posted 12-26-2009 12:44 AM

nice crosses. great contrasting woods

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#10 posted 04-03-2011 02:56 AM

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.


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