Arts and Crafts Bookcase #7: First Stained

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Blog entry by BlueRidgeDog posted 05-17-2020 01:54 PM 438 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So, one is being finished to match several existing pieces and that is the one with the blemishes or as my furniture guy calls “character”. One coat of minwax pecan. Most folks think it is crazy, but stain is just color so don’t let the word pecan spook you. It is a simple way to get a very traditional look on white oak. I will follow this up with three or four coats of Osmo.

The second one will get a alcohol based trans tint stain, then a sealer and a gel overlay. Since this one doesn’t have to match any existing work, I can experiment. I will post images when it is applied, but alas companies that sell finishing goods don’t ship like we are accustomed to and I am just waiting.

Not an issue as I am having a devil of a time leveling this piece. My usual method is failing me and I am going to have to put it upside down, level it then shoot a laser at the feet unless you folks have another idea.

My usual method is rock it, note the two opposing corners it rocks on and reduce them with a plane. My shop floor is just not up to the task and I may have to take it some place else or build a level platform. I can get it dead on, but when I move it, it is off….so the floor!

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#1 posted 05-17-2020 02:17 PM

I trust my bench top more than my floor for leveling pieces…

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#2 posted 05-17-2020 04:03 PM

I trust my bench top more than my floor for leveling pieces…

As do I, but I simply don’t have the vertical space to set this darn thing on there. Going to make a dead level platform with some scrap I think.

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