Finally My First Big Project Complete Except Finishing..

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Project by preacherskid posted 09-03-2007 12:31 AM 1358 views 4 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I finally finished my first Big Project…. It has taken me a while due to work and family obligation… I look forward to retirement just so I can spend my days in the shop.. There are definately mistakes but I am learning alot as I go…. Any suggestions on finishing… I am going to use this on my front porch.. I was thinking Early American Stain with some Super Spar Varnish What do youi think??

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#1 posted 09-03-2007 01:29 AM

I’m assuming that this is pine. If it were mine, I think I would first apply a sanding sealer to even out the absorption rate, then a stain to to taste. I would avoid using any kind of varnish or poly finish, because that would be a rod for my back. If subject to sun exposure the varnish will crack within a few years. Having to scrape that down and reapply would be a big task. I would probably use some kind of deck oil which is easy to apply.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#2 posted 09-03-2007 02:15 AM

It is made out of Douglas Fir, it will be on a covered porch, just sun exposure in the mornings, a deck oil sounds like a good idea, thanks for the suggestion

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#3 posted 09-03-2007 02:28 AM

Real nice job!

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#4 posted 09-03-2007 03:10 AM

Mighty nice piece. It looks that it might get a good workout for Your morning coffee.

-- Saved, and so grateful, consider who Created it ALL!!!

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dennis mitchell

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#6 posted 09-03-2007 08:55 AM

Looks very inviting Randy. You look like you are off to a good start.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#7 posted 09-03-2007 12:04 PM

this is wonderful !!
I really like how you rounded the table/arm section.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#8 posted 09-03-2007 01:46 PM

Looks inviting to guests stopping by. Looks well done you do need to cove it with some oil based wood preservetive. Jockmike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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Dan'um Style

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#9 posted 09-03-2007 08:54 PM

Nice work. Be sure to post your project with finish applied !!

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#10 posted 09-04-2007 12:47 AM

Looks great! – Nice job! – (your first? – you will build great things!)

-- The Gnarly Wood Shoppe

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#11 posted 09-04-2007 01:07 AM

Hi Randy;

You did a great job for a first project, or sixth for that matter!

I’m with Don on the finishing advice. The oil will be a breeze to re-apply as desired, and protect it for years to come.

Be careful with the oil soaked rags though! Highly combustable. Soak them in water, and hang them to dry, or laid out flat, before disposing of them.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#12 posted 09-04-2007 01:12 AM

Great sitting spot. You need some foot stools to go with it, so feet up, – coffee hot – and morning paper with a slight breeze.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#13 posted 09-04-2007 03:01 PM

Really nice job. It’s going on my future project list for sure.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#14 posted 09-04-2007 03:02 PM

good idea Karson.. the foot stools could roll under the seats when not in use…

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#15 posted 09-04-2007 10:33 PM

You did an excellent job , looking forward to next project.

-- Billp

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