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Defy Gravity Bottle Holders - Comparing natural and dark finishes

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Blog entry by Paul Bucalo posted 01-11-2015 09:06 PM 1408 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The difference in look between a very dark stain finish (Kona) and a natural (Boiled Linseed Oil) finish on milled pallet wood is obvious. I made up a few gravity defying bottle holders, two for wine bottles, the other for beer and soda bottles. On the latter, I felt the smaller holder lacked character au naturale, so I made this one only with the dark finish. One application of the Kona stain produced a beautiful dark chocolate character I have fallen in love with. Tomorrow I will give both a thick coat of Original Formula Johnson’s Paste Wax.

I admit that the natural finish on pallet wood with a strong grain characteristic looks fine without staining, but I’m still a dark wood fan on small applications such as these. After seeing the look of the dark stain, I am pretty much sold on applying the Kona stain to the prototype wine and bottle rack.

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-- -- Paul Bucalo, Norwich NY USA



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luv2learn

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#1 posted 01-12-2015 04:48 PM

Paul, I agree the Kona stained wood shows best with the granite base you have chosen.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#2 posted 01-12-2015 04:54 PM



Paul, I agree the Kona stained wood shows best with the granite base you have chosen.

- luv2learn

Oops! I think I misrepresented the project. The base is not a base at all. That’s a granite cheese cutting block we purchased last summer on a wine tasting tour. It isn’t part of the holder, just a surface to place the holder on and for contrast. Every one of the bottle holders is self-supporting on the bottom edge that touches any flat surface. Sorry about that. I guess I should have been clearer. :)

-- -- Paul Bucalo, Norwich NY USA

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