Mission Window Seat

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Project by rodneyh posted 05-28-2011 03:31 AM 3705 views 6 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This bench started from a plan I found online. I added a back to make it a bit more formal. All of the joinery is M&T, except the cleats that the seat rests on. Learned a valuable lesson on this one regarding keeping thickness constant prior to cutting the tenons. Nothing that a bit of epoxy wouldn’t fix. Wood is QSWO. For the finish I used Jeff Jewitt’s recipe for Stickley Fayetteville. It includes a Transtint stain, sealer, gel stain to fill the grain, and 3 wiped on coats of varnish. On several past projects, the gel stain resulted in the grain being much to dark, almost black. Perfect for several Stickley finishes, but not Fayetteville. I substituted the General Finishes colonial maple for the recommended antique walnut, and got much better results. The grain is now a dark greyish brown, which much more closely matches the grain in the Stickley finish. It turned out great, and my wife loves it.

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#1 posted 05-28-2011 04:47 AM

Great looking seat! Thanks for the explanation of the finish—it really draws out the beauty of the QSWO. I’m just finishing up a Mission style night stand with QSWO and trying to decide what finish to use, so I appreciate it. You do great work.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#2 posted 05-28-2011 09:45 AM

Brandon – Thanks. Here’s the article I’ve followed for the finish of all my pieces. Mostly I’ve been trying to dial in the Centennial and the Fayetteville finishes, as I have a couple Stickley pieces that I keep trying to match. This is the 1st time I’ve got the Fayetteville really close to looking like the Stickley finish. Even though my previous pieces don’t match what I was trying for, they really do look good on their own. BTW, the Centennial looks WAY better on my pieces and the real Stickly piece I have than what the article pic shows. If you want a really nice dark brown, I’d consider that. The flake isn’t as pronounced, but it just looks classy.

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#3 posted 05-28-2011 01:28 PM

Very nice job on this bench, Rodney. I like it with the back on it. Nice color to the finish. You have to remember that the older Stickley pieces (if that’s what you’re trying to match) were ammonia fumed, which won’t darken the grain. Thanks for the post.

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#4 posted 05-28-2011 02:46 PM

Perfect period piece, very authentic looking. Well worth putting your mark on.

-- Style is simple, but not my execution of it.

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#5 posted 05-28-2011 03:08 PM

Very nice, great job!!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#6 posted 05-31-2011 12:39 AM

Love the bench… Seems to be perfectly sited too.

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