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Project by learnin2do posted 07-01-2011 04:52 AM 2329 views 2 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It is still too glossy!! it’s supposed to be 98 for the next few days, so i should be able to sand it down a bit …
& then what…! Help me out here again. I put clear deck stain (with no stain in it) on it, like the corner hardware store recommended. I love them…but sometimes i am not sure if they are sure about their suggestions -that is why i ask y’all…now i just need to take your advice, instead of …”oh! here’s some junk in the storage closet that might be okay!”...

The back is dogwood that i tried to work with (ruined) its weird shape by lightly carving a dragonfly on one end, a butterfly on the other, and a small dragonfly on top .
The seat is walnut.
The arms are dogwood (bookends of a side of a hollow piece)
I don’t know what the legs are.
The joinery is terrible! -i’m working on that -this was practice.

-- ~christine @ used2btrees

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#1 posted 07-01-2011 05:42 AM

Though I don’t exactly recognize the butterfly or the dragonfly, I still think it’s beautiful with great organic shapes and colors. Truly an amazing job.

I remember you posting in your blog about this and the finish, and slowly going down in grades of sandpaper will definitely help remove some of that glossy color. Just remember to do an extra coat or two of finish just to build up a bit more before you sand away. I wouldn’t overkill it, but you don’t want to sand through. maybe some 600 grit sandpaper, or if that’s not deglossy enough, MAYBE 400 or even 320.. I wouldn’t go below that.

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#2 posted 07-01-2011 06:20 AM

I hope one day you do a project you can really boast about instead of everyone who reads your posts…but just to say it…it looks really great.

I think people use wax to tone down gloss.

It’s an ocean theme?

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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David Kirtley

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#3 posted 07-01-2011 06:39 AM

I would just gone with an oil finish. Let it build up over time and the wood will not look so plastic covered. I normally just go with some Watco or BLO. Just don’t get excited and try to get the finish on all at once. I put some on a paper towel and wipe it down then spread the towel out to dry. I come back every once in a while and give it another pass as it gets soaked in. Once I get tired of that, I rub down with a beeswax paste. If it is for outside, I don’t worry about the wax and just keep going with the oil. Everything else will just deteriorate in sunlight anyway. If it gets gunky after a few years, just sand it down a bit and start with the oil again.

Generally, the more you do it, the better it looks. It just takes time.

-- Woodworking shouldn't cost a fortune:

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#4 posted 07-01-2011 07:45 AM

O K , it looks like a nice dragonfly ( minus wings ) and i see what you mean about

The butterfly , yet it’s a really great bench and the joinery looks fine . nice work.

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#5 posted 07-01-2011 02:39 PM

I think you should keep the high gloss myself. To me it says “you know I’m really not happy with it but look at me anyway I’m really cool!”

As I have many of projects that I am not happy with around the house they serve as inspiration to me, or at least a guide for what and what not to do next thyme.

I really like it alot and if you want I have a great tree that it would look beautiful under. Thanks for posting, wooley

-- wooley

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#6 posted 07-01-2011 04:45 PM

Really a great freeform bench. I like that wood and shapes, even though it would make it difficult to put
a finish on and to sand, the only way around all those curves, is by hand sanding. You have a great bench,
Bob the fish, has some good suggestions on the finish. Thank you for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#7 posted 07-01-2011 05:17 PM

no, spunwood…but the next one is!!!
i tried oil first; maybe i should have kept going with it. i
i am not very experienced with finishing…anything really! – but the oil looked great on the dogwood, too dull on the walnut – i guess maybe i could have done them differently; the seat will get more wear anyway- at least i hope so!
- bob the fish…okay, i, i’ll have to check that out! -my higher grits keep leaving grey smudges- maybe a different kind..
haha! wooley is right!
i’m happy enough with it! i just hate making things then looking at other folks work & thinking, ” man!, that person could have really made some of this wood into something it deserves to be, with nice joints & finish & not all wampus…” – so, maybe it is fate that i have so much of it to play & learn with. i would like to have the time though – & equipment to mill some up for sharing, so i could see other folks put it to use!

-- ~christine @ used2btrees

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Rob W

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#8 posted 07-01-2011 06:17 PM

Just wax it

-- Rob — I've cut it off twice and it's still too short!,

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#9 posted 07-01-2011 06:47 PM

I agree with Rob W.we do a lot off rustic furniture for outdoors the product we use is normally high gloss.We use fine steelwool and then wax it , for a matt finish

-- Johan, South Africa,

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#10 posted 07-01-2011 07:31 PM

Totally agree with Johan. Knock it down with some 0000 steel wool with a quality wax. You can control the final finish with buffing. I think it’s absolutely gorgeous. I like every detail more and more. I’m noticing that people are commenting on your level of proudness, if you will. This level should be very high.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#11 posted 07-01-2011 09:42 PM

I Think it is wonderful! I love it the way it is.
I think you did a beautiful job, Great work
Please keep it up!

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#12 posted 07-02-2011 01:03 AM

Don’t be so critical of yourself. I give you an A+ for originality. Also love the wood.

-- The more I learn, the more I realize I don't know. Ron, Crossville Tn

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Tim Kindrick

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#13 posted 07-02-2011 01:50 AM

This is a fabulous piece but if you want to remove some of the glossy sheen, the best and probably the easiest way is to use paste wax mixed with mineral spirits to dilute it then applied with 0000 steel wool. It will have a very nice satin finish that can be brought back to a semi-gloss by applying more wax without the steel wool. Good Luck!!

-- I have metal in my neck but wood in my blood!!

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#14 posted 07-03-2011 12:36 AM

Excellent work! It is a beautiful bench, you did a great job on the carving and the fit with all that irregular shaped stock. As others have said, dont put your work or yourself down, it’s beautiful
If you need to knock the gloss down a bit the steel wool will help, another thought is to use a bit of thinner and wet sand paper in the 600 to 800 grit range, it will cut slower but give you more control.

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#15 posted 07-03-2011 12:36 AM

Great rustic piece. Beautiful.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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