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"Crimson and Creme" Foot Locker

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Project by cracknpop posted 09-11-2018 02:38 AM 898 views 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I created this foot locker as a graduation gift for my nephew. Considering he is a huge Indiana University fan, I chose to go bold and attempt a ‘crimson and crème’ color theme. I felt a little sick to my stomach half way through the staining process as it was not looking like I had hoped. Knowing I was under a time crunch, I proceeded anyway. However, spraying that first coat of lacquer (at that 11th hour!) brought a huge smile. I am very pleased with the depth of the color and yet it still reveals the grain. The polished nickel accents finish it off nicely. Most importantly, Dalton loved it!!!

The case is approximately 36” wide, 18” deep, and 16”tall. I used aspen as it is light in weight and finished naturally would be the ‘crème’ color in the IU theme. Sanded to 220, wiped with water to raise the grain, hand sanded with 220. For whatever reason, I brushed on General Finishes Pre-Stain Conditioner, light scuff with 320, then brush coat of Charles Neil’s Pre-Color Conditioner, another light scuff with 320. First stain coat was Barn Red Varathane Premium Fast Dry Wood Stain then sprayed lacquer sanding sealer. Scuffed again with 320 and followed with Cabernet Varathane Premium Fast Dry Wood Stain. It did not look like my samples, however the first coat of satin lacquer really popped the color.

For all the problems I dealt with in finding a stain combination, I am quite happy with the end product. As always, I welcome your comments and suggestions for how to improve.

-- Rick - I know I am not perfect, but I will keep pressing on toward the goal of becoming all I am called to be.





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DrDirt

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#1 posted 09-11-2018 04:16 AM

Nice work, and like the color…

Had you said this was for an Alabama Tide fan… then I would have to say I didn’t like it as much… :-)

nice job

-- “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” Mark Twain

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#2 posted 09-11-2018 11:06 AM

Great project, great gift and excellent execution.

-- Petey

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#3 posted 09-11-2018 12:50 PM

That’s a beautiful foot locker. That color truly does POP!

-- Scott, Irmo SC

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#4 posted 09-11-2018 12:52 PM

That is nice! Color, Size, Hardware… Really well done

-- Bill - Rochester MI

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woodsmithshop

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#5 posted 09-11-2018 12:56 PM

very nice job. looks like you get a lot of practice on the footlockers. always a useful project.

-- Smitty!!!

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swirt

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#6 posted 09-11-2018 01:30 PM

Great color results. Thanks for the explanation of your process, I would not have guessed all the steps. Can’t argue with the results. Looks great.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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Mainiac Matt

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#7 posted 09-11-2018 03:28 PM

Turned out very nice.

You are a braver man than I am.

:^D

-- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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cracknpop

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#8 posted 09-11-2018 04:45 PM

Thank you so much for all the kind comments. I try to learn from each project and that includes learning from each of your comments.

-- Rick - I know I am not perfect, but I will keep pressing on toward the goal of becoming all I am called to be.

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dannmarks

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#9 posted 09-12-2018 11:02 AM

Where did you buy the hardware sir. It is really a fun color to be honest. I hope he takes good care with it, but they are made to take some abuse. Love the color really.

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ohwoodeye

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#10 posted 09-12-2018 02:22 PM

What a great useful gift.
Turned out very nice.
Well done.

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's "opinion" on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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cracknpop

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#11 posted 09-14-2018 12:01 AM



Where did you buy the hardware sir. It is really a fun color to be honest. I hope he takes good care with it, but they are made to take some abuse. Love the color really.

- dannmarks

Hardware came from Reliable Hardware in North Hollywood, CA. They are pretty reasonable and very quick to ship. Here’s link to website; https://www.reliablehardware.com/

-- Rick - I know I am not perfect, but I will keep pressing on toward the goal of becoming all I am called to be.

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dakremer

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#12 posted 09-21-2018 04:01 AM

Wow! Very nice!

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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