|Project by Everett1||posted 02-06-2012 06:23 PM||1539 views||6 times favorited||16 comments|
Our guest room had some really old plywood based furniture, that stuff from the 60’s that was sort of milk painted that light yellow color. I figured it was time for a nice bedroom set in there, and it would be my first project with Mortise and Tenons, and I made it out of Ash which is relatively inexpensive, so having to deal with errors is less costly, being it is what I consider my first attempt at something more complicated as this (vs the bookshelves I made for my first project).
It’s all Mortise and Tenon. I think there are 26 Mortise and Tenon joints on each table. Funny how something this size can take so many friggin joints!
I made two of these. Funny I never took a picture with both of them in it though…
Drawers are made of Aromatic Cedar, and in the drawer photo, you can see at the bottom of the sides of the drawer, i used a 1/2” piece of Hard Maple since it slides on runners which contact the bottom of the drawer, with the runners made of Hard Maple as well. They slide very well and I didn’t even have to grease up the runners with anything.
For the finish, I first filled the grain with Timbermate. I bought the Natural version with no tint to it, and tinted it with Transtint Golden Brown dye. I mixed it up with a cheap hand blender I bought, so applying the filler with a paint brush was silky smooth. It was the consistency of gravy. I think the darker color added something to the Ash that came out nicely. The stuff has a funny plastic-ee smell though.
I didn’t do the credit-card smoothing method for the filler, i just sanded it. Man, dry timbermate just EATS up sanding discs!
I have been on a huge kick on reading up on Sam Maloof lately, so i used his finishing method.
4 coats of equal parts Poly/Tung/BLO/Mineral Spirits.
2 coats of equal parts Tung/BLO with some Beeswax melted it. Stuff has the consistency of heavy cream, so it applies almost like a polish. I bought a small cheap crock pot to use just for making this mixture.
When applying the first 4 oil blend coats, i layed it on thick and used those red oil rags that you can buy in a big package from BJ’s/Costco/Sams Club to wipe off the mix about 15 minutes later. They absorb a lot which helps get rid of build up in spaces where it might be prone to build up and make a sticky spot.
For the wax mixture, i rubbed it in really hard (fingers are sore after) then wiped them all down with the soft towels they sell at BJ’s/Costco/Sams Club for wiping your car off after washing it. They came in neon Green, Yellow, and Orange. They buff the surface really nice, and I cut circles of it for my Random Orbit sander for the table top, and they stick to the hook and loop and buff it really nice on the top.
For brands I used Old Master’s Semi-Gloss Poly, Old Master’s 100% Pure Tung Oil, Kleen Strip BLO, and Kleen Strip Mineral Spirits. Old Master’s typically only distributes through Mom and Pop hardware stores, so I like feeling I’m giving a little to keep that nostalgia going.
The Maloof method of finishing takes a lot more work then throwing some thinned poly on, but wow, what a silky smooth difference that extra effort gives you.
-- Ev in Framingham, MA