Mission Style Office furniture part 1 QSWO

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Project by jburklow posted 1259 days ago 3416 views 28 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!


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#1 posted 1259 days ago

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 1259 days ago

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 1259 days ago

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 1259 days ago

Beautiful!! Great job.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#5 posted 1259 days ago

sweet looking table my friend

-- Life is enjoyable especially when you borrow from people

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#6 posted 1259 days ago

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 1259 days ago

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

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#8 posted 1259 days ago

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 1259 days ago

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 1259 days ago

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 1259 days ago

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 1259 days ago

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

-- Glen - Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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#13 posted 1259 days ago

That’s absolutely beautiful.

-- -- Neil

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#14 posted 1259 days ago

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 1258 days ago

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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