Cedar Belt Buckle Rack

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Project by Todd Barrone posted 269 days ago 1109 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was hired to build this rack for a birthday present, It was my first belt buckle rack. I built it to mount using a french cleat. Not real happy with the finish, every time I use lacquer for finish lately, I think it turns out bad and you can see little runs here and there. Th wife said it looks great and that I am to much of a perfectionist lol.

-- "Courage is being scared to death but saddling up anyway" John Wayne

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#1 posted 269 days ago

That looks pretty good to me. I love the colours in that Cedar.
Thanks for showing.

-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better.

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#2 posted 269 days ago

That looks great buddy, love the cut log slabs on the side. Def adds to the character of the piece. Have you tried tung oil with some poly as a top coat on cedar? The tung oil really makes it pop. Great job buddy. My wife will be wanting one of these for some of her stuff to display. LOL

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#3 posted 269 days ago

Must be quite a collection to need that to display them…lol I have not seen woodworker yet who hasnt struggled with a finish at some time or the other bud so listen to your wife… another interesting use of cedar sir.

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#4 posted 269 days ago

Nice build!

If you are going to be doing a fair amount of finishing with lacquer or even shellac, I would recommend picking up a decent HVLP spray gun – they make finishing SO much nicer!

Even spray, no drips and really easy cleanup!



-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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Jim Jakosh

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#5 posted 268 days ago

Nice rack, Todd! Seems like I said that a lot lately. Good thing it is not to a lady LJ!!

Do you have more problems with lacquer in the cold weather. I find that problems when spraying in the shop when it is cooler like now. Usually I spray just outside the shop door in warm weather.
Runs are easy to get out of lacquer. I usually let it dry for 8 hrs, then carefully scrape off the top of the run with the side of a knife and set sand with 320 and reshoot it. The lacquer will bite right in to that dry finish

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#6 posted 268 days ago

Nice project Todd, congratulations.

-- The common man thinks. The wise man is silent. The stupid man discusses.

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#7 posted 267 days ago

great shelf todd,beautiful work as me some cedar a couple weeks ago and am looking forward to building with it for the first time.i agree with buster listen to your wife,the finish looks fine.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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Todd Barrone

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#8 posted 267 days ago

Thanks every one for you thoughts on this build and your tips, the customer picked it up today and was extremely happy.

-- "Courage is being scared to death but saddling up anyway" John Wayne

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#9 posted 263 days ago

You must have a heck-of-a belt buckle collection. They’ll look very nice displayed on this fine rack.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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