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The MDF in our entry way bench got wet … swelled up … and … died in hallway combat :-(

Decided to replace the MDF with tile. That went fairly well.

Then … of course … the white painted wood didn’t look all that exceptional.

Still sitting on various and sundry pieces of African Mahogany scrap … naturally, I figured I could trim it out like the deck of a ship.

Stile and rail panel on the end cap, with a mahogany ply center.
Three coats of amber shellac.
Two coats of Spar Urethane.
Two coats of paste wax.

I’ve still got to cap a piece or two that … just didn’t come out right … and caulk the gaps to ensure it’s relatively water tight, but … thar she blows :-)

Not my best work, but … right now … I’ve been grateful for the ability to do anything in my shop !



-- -- Neil

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Jim Bertelson

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#1 posted 05-10-2010 10:37 PM

Certainly looks a lot better. Glad you can work in the shop some.

Currently located in South Haven, Michigan, at a B&B, which happened to have a small condo attached. Perfect for this phase of the journey, so we are here for 4 days, then fly home from Chicago on Thursday. Getting relaxed.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#2 posted 05-11-2010 12:17 AM

that is certainly an improvement !

glad you are getting some shop time ,
just take it easy ,
don’t want you burning out .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#3 posted 05-11-2010 03:08 AM

Neat idea!

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#4 posted 05-11-2010 05:19 AM

i like the color in there now…always great to see you get some shop time…savor what we get…...

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#5 posted 05-11-2010 06:01 AM

What an improvement Neil. Looks like it will last much longer than the previous solution.

I love working with Mahogany. Easy on blades, does not splinter or chip easy….. Only thing I don’t like about mahogany is how proud the hardwood dealer is of it :-)

Good job.

-- TheQueTip, Killeen Texas - All tools I've purchased from Harbor Freight eventually became a hammer.

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#6 posted 05-11-2010 11:26 AM

Big improvement Neil! I too love Mahogany. It seems to look right just about anywhere. Sorry to hear that things aren’t so positive with your sight, and I hope there is relief on your horizon.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#7 posted 05-11-2010 06:24 PM

Nice fix.
Looks good too.
Best of health to you.

-- Safety first because someone needs you.

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Jim Reeves

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#8 posted 05-31-2010 08:38 AM

Huge improvement Neil, nigh and day difference excellent job.

-- jim

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#9 posted 05-31-2010 07:01 PM

A super upgrade good job Neil

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#10 posted 05-31-2010 07:07 PM

i agree looks much better stained complete

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#11 posted 08-14-2010 06:28 PM

Missed this one, nice re-do Neil. The stain look is much better, like the pillows too.

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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