Bathroom Towel Shelf Thing

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Project by wunderaa posted 11-21-2012 04:25 PM 1446 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

First, sorry for the poor picture quality. My cell phone is always so handy, but doesn’t give the greatest results.

I wanted something to hold towels for our guest bathroom and since we have plenty of floor space, I designed the unit as seen. Towels can be stored on the bottom shelf and the top can be used for display items.

I’m not the biggest fan of oak, but I had some white oak that I needed to use. Also on the top and on the shelf is some ribbon Honduran mahogany to give a little interest.

This was my first time using potassium dichromate to darken the wood. I used it both on the oak (it darkened more than expected) and the mahogany with pleasing results. Unit was finished with poly.

Thanks for having a look!

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#1 posted 11-21-2012 04:27 PM

Great job very pretty piece

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#2 posted 11-21-2012 05:23 PM

Simple and functional. Well done.

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#3 posted 11-21-2012 06:47 PM

Great job, sure it will get much use.

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#4 posted 11-23-2012 03:22 AM

Very Nice Project Indeed! Thanks For Posting.


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#5 posted 11-23-2012 09:57 PM

It’s very beautiful. The grain is exquisite!

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#6 posted 07-22-2014 08:56 PM

Just what I needed for the exact same purpose.

Going to favorite this and try to dupe your project.

Did you fill the grain (oak) prior to Poly? Nothing else, just poly? Mind telling me how many coats and what you did in between and if you rubbed that top out? That top is what hooked me.

Thanks a bunch

your new friend…........ Bruce

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#7 posted 07-24-2014 12:22 AM

Thanks for the interest Bruce! Your suspicion was right about the grain filler. I used crystalac grain filler for the top only. After that was sanded down then I used about 4 coats of wipe on poly to finish. Because the oxidizer did not penetrate deep at all, i had to be very careful not to sand through the color. I look forward to seeing what you create!!

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#8 posted 07-24-2014 12:28 AM

Remembered one other item…sometimes when i use oak, i like to accentuate the grain. On this piece i used bison wax in a dark “Tudor oak” color to really call out the grain.

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#9 posted 07-24-2014 02:26 AM

Thanks so much for your timely and informative responses. With the quality of the work you do, I was not surprised to learn you filled the grain.

Dumb question here…...........I, also, like to lift grain, wood is so beautiful all by itself. I read the Bison site (thank you very much) and it appears to apply just like any paste wax. I just do not have time nor interested in buffing and washing and rubbing out finishes. The finishes today are good enough for me… is.

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#10 posted 07-24-2014 03:26 AM

No buffing needed with this wax, as it acts more like a filler. I believe the order of finish was like the following:

Sand to 220
Apply potassium dichromate
Sand to 220
Seal with shellac
Apply wax and wipe excess (instructions come with product)
Apply crystalac finish (maybe two coats and lightly sanding between)
Apply wipe on poly, 4 coats

A lot more complicated than I initially recalled!

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