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RussellAP

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147 days ago

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 147 days ago

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 147 days ago

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 147 days ago

Looks really nice so far!

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redryder

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#4 posted 147 days ago

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 147 days ago

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 147 days ago

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

You lost me there….

-- "The trouble with people idiot-proofing things, is the resulting evolution of the idiot."

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mrjinx007

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#7 posted 147 days ago

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 147 days ago

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. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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bugz

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#9 posted 147 days ago

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 147 days ago

It’s not done until you pee on it.

-- |Statistics show that 100% of people bitten by a snake were close to it.|

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redryder

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#11 posted 147 days ago

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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