Mission Style Office furniture part 1 QSWO

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Project by jburklow posted 03-12-2011 02:48 PM 4854 views 30 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I finally decided to make myself some new office furniture I completed phase one the desk a credenza and a few cabinets are next.. The desk is made from Quarter Sawn White Oak the finish is a formula that I have read about here on LumberJocks and on umpteen other websites I had been using a gel stain mission finish from Rockler which was OK but I wanted to try something more traditional (apart from fuming) and I must admit i am very pleased with the outcome it was a little more work but well worth IMHO. The steps for the finish area as follows in case anyone is interested.

1. Sand everything to 180 grit
2. Dye wood with transfast Dark Mission Brown dye #3274 mixed per mfg. specs
3. Lightly sand with 220 to remove any grain that may have raised (I may raise the grain prior to sying the wood on the next project)
4. Apply one coat of Watco Danish Oil (Light Walnut)
5. Two coats of Zinsser Amber Shellac light sanding with 220 between coats
6. Three coats of Staples Dark Brown paste wax (purchased from Woodcraft)

Thanks for taking the time to view my post feel free to drop me a note if you have any questions comments are always welcome and appreciated!


-- Jeff Lemont, IL.

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#1 posted 03-12-2011 02:59 PM

Colour is perfect….simply perfect. The entire suite will be pretty spectacular once done, keep us posted. I might have edged the piece to a little more heavier look, maybe a bit more overhang but that comes down to personal choice.

-- Paul

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#2 posted 03-12-2011 03:34 PM

Well done. I’ve been looking for something to replace my desk with and I think you found it for me.

-- Life is good.

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#3 posted 03-12-2011 03:58 PM

Excellent desk and great job on getting the coloring right. Thanks for spelling out the process you used on the color!

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#4 posted 03-12-2011 04:25 PM

Beautiful!! Great job.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#5 posted 03-12-2011 04:29 PM

sweet looking table my friend

-- Life is enjoyable especially when you borrow from people

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#6 posted 03-12-2011 04:46 PM

I like everything about it, but especially the finish. It was well worth the effort. You inspire me to try this on the next piece I do. Thanks for the post.

-- Emmett, from Georgia

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#7 posted 03-12-2011 04:47 PM

Beautiful, really very beautiful. Appreciate your finishing skilll & talent.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#8 posted 03-12-2011 04:52 PM

I love the fact that you used the spindles instead of a solid modesty panel ! And the color is perfect.Well done sir Well done!

-- Nothing's just gets expensive

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#9 posted 03-12-2011 05:24 PM

A beautiful desk! The wood markings are excellent and I love the finish. I would be very interested to know a bit more about the background behind the finish. Could you let me know some of the articles you referred to?


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#10 posted 03-12-2011 10:16 PM

elegant piece of furnture, welldone :)

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#11 posted 03-13-2011 12:26 AM

I like the proportions and color. The project is going to favorites because of the color recipe, it is perfect. Thanks a lot!

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#12 posted 03-13-2011 12:36 AM

Nice job! Congrats. Love the color / finish. Thanks for sharing.

-- Glen - Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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#13 posted 03-13-2011 12:54 AM

That’s absolutely beautiful.

-- -- Neil

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#14 posted 03-13-2011 01:39 AM

Great wood. Great build. Great finish.

-- Life is about choices. You can spend a lot of money on furniture and have really nice furniture; Or you can spend a lot on tools and have even more expensive, crappy furniture. I made my choice.

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#15 posted 03-13-2011 04:32 AM

Prairie style window, mission table / F.L.Wright and a Blk. Hawks logo says you in the Chicago land area. The piece is wonderful and the finish is just superb, thank for posting go Hawks….BC

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