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Project by Michael James posted 1456 days ago 1589 views 3 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this out of red oak with a multi-step finishing process. I was pretty happy with the build and it went not too bad. Biggest mistake was cutting a 5/4 rail too short – $50 mistake. This was (and will now always be) my last project with S4S lumber – it cost way too much to do it that way.

The finishing process was as follows:

1. A mix of Dark Red Mahogany and Brown Walnut water-based aniline dye
2. Shellac wash coat
3. English Chestnut oil-based stain
4. 3 coats of minwax wipe-on poly

I was really nervous about the finish but really happy with it when it was done. I’m not a huge fan of red oak, but with a nice finish, it’s great.

Thanks for looking.

-- Michael James - www.michaeljames.ca





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Beginningwoodworker

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#1 posted 1456 days ago

Nice looking Mission style bed.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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ND2ELK

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#2 posted 1456 days ago

Great looking set bunk beds. Very nicely done. Thanks for posting.

God Bless
tom

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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lumberdustjohn

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#3 posted 1456 days ago

Nice job.
Looks like it will withstand several years of jumping on.
Thanks for sharing

-- Safety first because someone needs you.

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RS Woodworks

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#4 posted 1456 days ago

Looks great Michael.
I love the ladder style. The finish looks great, and looks like you did a great job lining up the dowels for a flush fit between the top and bottom pieces.
Your a born natural woodworker.
And of course your right about the starting with rough stock, it is far cheaper for hobby guys like you and me for whom time is not such an issue.
Wanna buy my 6” jointer? :)

Ryan

-- I restore the finest vintage tools! If you need a nice plane, saw, marking tool or brace, please let me know!

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Michael James

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#5 posted 1456 days ago

Thanks for all the comments.

@Ryan: You know I might think about it if my tool budget wasn’t completely blown this year – between the new planer, sanders, and all the small stuff from Lee Valley, I just can’t do it…you know how it goes! :)

-- Michael James - www.michaeljames.ca

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rivergirl

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#6 posted 1456 days ago

Beautiful! I love mission style. Love the cutouts on the ladder. Nice work!

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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RS Woodworks

464 posts in 1877 days


#7 posted 1456 days ago

Ha ha, sounds good man. Ya I know it.
Maybe we’ll talk again when I’m actually ready to buy the 8” I want. :)

-- I restore the finest vintage tools! If you need a nice plane, saw, marking tool or brace, please let me know!

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CaptainSkully

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#8 posted 1455 days ago

Hey Michael, love the finish! What color shellac did you use?

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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Michael James

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#9 posted 1455 days ago

It was just Zinzer Seal Coat thinned to a 1lb cut. I think they consider that amber.

-- Michael James - www.michaeljames.ca

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