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Forum topic by RussellAP posted 03-04-2014 08:15 PM 562 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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RussellAP

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03-04-2014 08:15 PM

I wanted to show you all the progression of the table I’m building for a client.

First the table as it appears in the catalog.

Here it is in my shop before any finishing work was done.

This is after two coats of tea, (green herbal tea), just before the vinegar and steel wool bath.

Here are the distress marks made with the help of my junk can and some gravel from the driveway.

Closer look at the distress marks.

What’s left?
A coat of de-waxed shellac, then I’ll work a dark gel stain into the marks and wipe all that off the table.
Then top coat. After all the finish is done, I’ll drill my frame and attach the shelves and top. I’ll have to remove the top to deliver it, but I can set it up at the home it’s going to.

Thanks for looking.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.


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DrDirt

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#1 posted 03-04-2014 08:25 PM

Nicely done – I personally woudl have stopped at the tea level… I like the red/brown tone better than the gray – but that is just my personal preference.

Always make the piece the client wants!

Carry on fine sir!

-- "If we did all the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astonish ourselves." Edison

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RussellAP

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#2 posted 03-04-2014 08:28 PM

DrDirt, It will look more brown as the process goes on.
This is the sample piece I’m trying to duplicate with less physical distressing.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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bigblockyeti

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#3 posted 03-04-2014 08:31 PM

Looks really nice so far!

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redryder

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#4 posted 03-04-2014 10:57 PM

Russell, aren’t you the one that not too long ago referred to this type of work as “Rustic Crap”??

I believe you started the post with another table…................

-- mike...............

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RussellAP

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#5 posted 03-04-2014 11:10 PM

Redryder, don’t confuse my distaste for modern fads with the potential to create art. This is what sells these days, so this is what I make. I’m finding the technique fascinating.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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Tony_S

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#6 posted 03-04-2014 11:53 PM

“don’t confuse my distaste for modern fads with the potential to create art.”

You lost me there….

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mrjinx007

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#7 posted 03-05-2014 01:05 AM

Pretty soon distressed is going to the table that looks like the person couldn’t connect to the internet. Ha, That could have some wine stain and fist marks, forehead impressions and drool. It looks really good Russell.

-- earthartandfoods.com

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Monte Pittman

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#8 posted 03-05-2014 01:29 AM

Your focus on this piece shows much more effort. You are definitely going in the right direction with it.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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Bugz

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#9 posted 03-05-2014 01:57 AM

Russell, looks like you have got rustic crap down pat, looking good.

-- Bob, Lewistown, Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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Rick M.

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#10 posted 03-05-2014 02:47 AM

It’s not done until you pee on it.

-- http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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redryder

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#11 posted 03-05-2014 05:49 AM

Russell, I have always appreciated Capitalism in most any form. It’s just that “crap” is in the eye of the beholder. You hurt me deeply when you originally called this stuff out. A lot of my friends love this “crap”.
You know, get down, get funky…...................

p.s. I love your hard workin’ spirit

-- mike...............

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