Orchard Street Sofa #18: The beginning of the end

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Blog entry by AandCstyle posted 04-07-2016 10:21 PM 1784 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 17: Arming the ends Part 18 of Orchard Street Sofa series Part 19: GF Seal-a-Cell »

I finished up a couple details this AM, then started finishing.

Greg wanted to highlight the ray flecks as much as possible. Elizabeth wanted the color to be very dark. Therefore, we settled on Jeff Jewitt’s Mission Oak Finish. Specifically, see sample #3 with the “Oak Park” variation.

I applied the TT and here is how the sub-assemblies look currently.

Thanks for watching the paint dry. haha

-- Art

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#1 posted 04-08-2016 12:50 AM

Ahhh! That looks so great with the finish. What a perfect color for this piece. Magnificent!

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#2 posted 04-08-2016 04:37 AM

Lookin’ good Art. Well done

-- Mark

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#3 posted 04-08-2016 09:52 PM

My thanks to you, both. Willie, does that mean you might consider a finish other than Rodda??? :D

-- Art

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#4 posted 04-09-2016 02:28 PM

Hey Art,

Did you use distilled water or isopropyl for the TransTint? I’ve always used alcohol to reduce raising the grain. It has caused me some issues in the past when using shellac in alcohol. It moved the stain around during application.

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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#5 posted 04-09-2016 09:42 PM

Captain, I used tap water because I have never had any issues with it and my sample board was fine with tap water. YMMV especially is your water has a high iron content. Iron reacts with tannins to form a black compound IRRC. Jewitt suggests raising the grain with water after sanding with 150G, then lightly sanding with 180G to avoid the raised grain issue. There is some water in alcohol so you will still get some whiskers and, as you have learned, it doesn’t play well with shellac because shellac is dissolved by alcohol. HTH

-- Art

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