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Another project from scraps left over from the desk. My wife spotted the clock face at Rockler for $2.50. I had a heck of a time finding a small knob for the drawer, but it was well worth it I think. It was a great weekend project, and very useful as usual. There is even a little drawer to hide things. In fact, it was so effective at hidng a SD card, my wife forgot where she left it for over a year!

It was a small project, but I got to install hardware (my favorite stage in a project), and use one of my routers. Any day I use my tools is a good day!

-- breaknrn





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Ken90712

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#1 posted 1113 days ago

Well done! Nice looking clock.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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Joe

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#2 posted 1112 days ago

My next project is also a mantel clock to be made from mahogany, although the design is quite different because mine uses a small pendulum movement. How did you finish your piece?

I just finished a “prototype” of my design made from hard maple and finishing was an absolute catastrophe. I sanded to 150, then applied Minwax wood conditioner, General Finishes dark mahogany gel stain, and a top coat of General Finishes water-based poly. Maybe this would work well on mahogany, but I could not make it work on maple. I know mahogany and maple are apples and oranges when it comes to stain, but I am ready to declare my experiment a failure and try something new. I would be very satisfied I could get a result half as good as yours.

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breaknrn

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#3 posted 1111 days ago

Joe – Sounds like a good project to take on. check out the pendulum clock I made for my daughter.

I used a mixture of oil based pigment stains comprised of 4 parts red mahogany (really brown) and 2 parts general finishes merlot (a red stain). I finished this with several coats of wipe on water based poly, sanded between coats of course.

Maple is a closed grain wood, so you will definitely not get the same results as you would with Mahogany which has open pores. The latter takes stain extremely well, and I bet you’ll get better results on your actual project. Wood conditioner helps prevent stains from soaking too deeply in to the wood and helps you get a more uniform look, but I’m afraid it won’t help you much there. To control blotchiness on closed grain woods, try shellac. or try a glazing technique. I did this with birch is in the same family as maple (see pictures of my kitchen cabinets)

I would advise you to test your stain procedure and products on a small piece of mahogany to see the results you’ll get on your finished product. Let me know if you need any more help.

-- breaknrn

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Joe

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#4 posted 1107 days ago

Thanks for the advice, I am optimistic that I will get a better result next time. One mistake I made was using a test piece of maple that was too small. I was happy with the test piece, but a larger surface showed much more variation in color.

Regarding the application of shellac to maple: Will a dark stain adhere to the shellac well? Is the stain applied in the same manner as if shellac had not been applied (brush or wipe on and then wipe off excess)? I have worked with maple frequently because I lack a jointer and a planer, so I am pretty much stuck working with 4/4 from the big box stores. It would be nice to have a reliable finishing schedule.

Thanks again for taking the time to help me out.

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Angela

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#5 posted 1026 days ago

I’m searching for a stain for a mahogany tv stand and I just saw this. After reading the comments about the stain

I used a mixture of oil based pigment stains comprised of 4 parts red mahogany (really brown) and 2 parts general finishes merlot (a red stain).

I was wondering if you had a problem mixing the oil based stain with the water based stain? How did that work?

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helluvawreck

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#6 posted 1026 days ago

I love the design of the clock and you did a nice job on it.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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breaknrn

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#7 posted 1026 days ago

Angela,

I’m sorry. I mispoke. The Merlot stain I used was oil based pigment from “Olympic”, not General Finishes which is a dye stain. Here’s a link to the product:

http://www.olympic.com/stain/Find_Products/premium_wood.aspx

-- breaknrn

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Angela

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#8 posted 1011 days ago

Thanks for the link.
Also did you finish the dresser and changing station the same color as the clock?

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