|Project by Rick||posted 03-10-2011 06:35 PM||2983 views||4 times favorited||6 comments|
This project was inspired by David J. Marks. His project was made from cherry with ebony inlay. The finish inspired by Norm Abram.
David Marks’ inlay was simple – contrasting woods, TUNG OIL :-) finish.
Norm’s was more complicated – contrasting woods, but added a dark stain. Question – how to protect the maple inlay?
His solution – artist’s brush and waxy shellac (I assume standard Bullseye, 3 lb cut) on the inlay. The stain didn’t adhere to the shellac, so the maple looked great.
My tests showed that the gel stains would cover too well. And I didn’t want to sand the inlay back down after the stain was applied.
Marc Spagnuolo gave me the winning tip – 1/8” masking tape (from a hobby store) to cover the inlay You’ll see a test board where I tested this and learned one important lesson on this technique: You have to get the tape flat on the inlay ALL THE WAY UP to the adjoining piece of tape, and once it’s tight against it, then go up and over.
You can see in the pic of the final piece where although I knew this part, didn’t execute perfectly and there was some stain worked under that gap where it slopes up to the piece of tape running perpendicular.The stain recipe was:
- 1 coat General Finishes Georgian Cherry
- 1 coat 1:1 GF Georgian Cherry / Java
- 2 coats Arm-R-Seal undiluted, wiped on to build a finish
- 2 coats 1:1 diluted, wiped on to complete the finish.
The nested tables are now on display in our entry all – glass vase decoration for photography only.
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