|Forum topic by Jimboe||posted 08-25-2011 02:57 AM||1317 views||1 time favorited||26 replies|
08-25-2011 02:57 AM
Ok …so now i work for a waterbed store and we get a lot of free 2 X 10 pine boards from old waterbed frames(some people get into the new softside style). Pine wood isn’t the most beautiful board in the world so i like to make it look a little more exotic than it really is . I decided i would and a dark stripe down the middle of the board but wanted to look like it it was the actual wood that made this darker color . First off i had to split the board in half . My band saw only opens up to about 6 inches so i have to cut the board in half to fit in my band saw to resaw..i really wanted it to look seamless so i decided i would follow the grain to cut the board in half( i didnt get it perfect LOL but it came out ok ).
Wish i would have taken more pictures of the glue up on the boards and the box . Let me just say the glue up on the box was way to much fun (thought i was gonna lose it LOL) I made it so that the top lap jointed the sides and ends …and the ends lap jointed the sides ….ughhhh. needless to say it was a humbling experience .After the glue dried i routed the corners with a round over bit . Looked pretty good . I proceeded to my sanding . I tried something new.. usually i just sand it down to 220 then start my finishing. This time i sanded to 220 then wet the wood to raise the grain and sanded again 220 and wet again . I then sanded it with 400 grit and wet again then 600 wet and sand . it really did look nice and smooth !!! Next was to tape off where i was going to add the walnut stain stripe down the middle and sides. I tested some clear tape the other day and got a good result so thats what i used . The clear tape so that i could see the grain and use a razor to cut on the grain line .
After cutting out the tape i stained the middle with dark walnut stain . I looks pretty good but i dont know should i stain the natural pine a crazy color like yellow lite blue ? or should i leave it the way it is ???
comments welcome…thanks for looking