|Project by rustfever||posted 12-19-2009 05:48 AM||1854 views||0 times favorited||9 comments|
In 1970, my wife wanted a maple hutch, BAD. So I, a begining woodworker, found some fiddleback and birdseye maple. I had no idea how to work this material. But I was game and I tried. With a 1950’s Dewalt radial arm saw, a 4” short bed joiner, and a router, and a few ‘shakey’ handtools, I tackled the project. Suprisingly, I got it to completion in just a few month.
A good friend owned a paint store and help me decide the finish and the technique. He convinced me a clear finish varnish and to rub it out with pumice and rottenstone. Of couse, I was told I needed to rub the rottenstone with lemon oil. Every single sq inch was rubbed with rottonstone/lemon oil under my thumb. I doubt my thumb will ever recover.
Now, nearly forty years later, it still has a place of importance in our home. It is the repository of a few fine pieces of heirloom china and crystal, and lots of family memories [aka: pictures] All of our chidlren, their spouses, and our Grand Kids live daily at this shrine.
This was my first piece of furniture. I was ill prepared to do the work, but with patience, perserverance, and help from good friends, I made it thru. The finish today, is just as good as the day I presented it to my wife for her birthday in 1970.
-- Rustfever, Central California