|Project by superstretch||posted 05-24-2011 05:42 AM||1596 views||0 times favorited||10 comments|
Hey all, I finally finished the shelf that I’ve been working on. The finish work has been done for a few days and I just needed some time to mount it on the wall.
To recap: (original)
I needed to build a shelf to replace a table that my wife just had to have where it was, regardless of the fact that both people and dogs ran into it because of its footprint, flimsiness, and tightness of the path it was in.
Construction is QSRO with walnut breadboard ends (of sorts). The ends are just glued on (won’t get too much movement, since where it attaches is less than 5” wide). The backsplash and pieces underneath are biscuit joined. Total dimensions are 40” long, 8” high, and 8” wide. The oak pieces used have some of the most outrageous rays I’ve ever seen. The backsplash is also oak and actually from the same board as the top, but its coloring is very dark gray.
Aside from that, the piece is finished with a nice dousing of med walnut Danish Oil followed by 5-8 coats of wipe on poly (8 on the very visible surfaces, fewer elsewhere). Between the 4th and each of the later coats, I hit it quickly and lightly with some 400 grit. It has a nice shine to it, but not plastic-y.
Overall, it fits the style of the house well and the colors look great. I wish I had some more natural light in that area so that it didn’t look all washed out. I’m happy that that is one more project that is complete!
-- Dan, Rochester, NY