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1880s Counter #14: An Example in the Wild, and A Top Finish

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Blog entry by Smitty_Cabinetshop posted 08-17-2020 09:01 PM 816 reads 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Left off looking like this:

And saw what appeared to be one of theses ‘store counters’ in the wild…

Not a fancy backside build-out.

Anyway, back to my piece. Applied wiping varnish (3-2-1, poly and spirits and BLO), about 10 coats. Green pad in between. Today, waxed with 0000 steel wool.

After a drying half-hour, and a good rub-out, it looked great.

One more blog will finish this piece, and will come when I do whatever I do to the open side.

Thanks for looking!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. - OldTools Archive -



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Don W

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#1 posted 08-17-2020 09:07 PM

Oh, I like yours so much better. I hope you leave the green. You’ve done an absolutely fantastic job.

-- http://timetestedtools.net - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#2 posted 08-17-2020 09:12 PM

Looks great Smitty.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#3 posted 08-17-2020 09:16 PM

Shiny!

-- ~Tony

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#4 posted 08-17-2020 09:48 PM

I agree with Don, that beautiful top and the green go very well together.
Great job!

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htl

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#5 posted 08-17-2020 09:49 PM

SOOO Shiny!!!
Really looking great!!!!!!!!!

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#6 posted 08-17-2020 10:12 PM

I really like that top with the green. Not sure why but it has an old gun club feel to it.

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#7 posted 08-17-2020 11:02 PM

The top looks so good, makes me want to touch it :)

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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#8 posted 08-17-2020 11:10 PM

Whisky, Barkeep!

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#9 posted 08-18-2020 01:23 AM

A brass rail, brass spittoon and a dozen dancing girls should complete the tableau.

Really coming out great Smitty. I likes it a lot!

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#10 posted 08-18-2020 01:30 AM

Just think if it belonged to one of the old stores that sold everything. How may people stood there and what items were bought and what was talked about.

Good job in restoring it.

-- It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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#11 posted 08-18-2020 01:45 AM

Don, Sansoo and Pat – yep, definitely staying green. It’s the original color and I like it too. Those two things guarantee the color ain’t changing.

As for shiny, that’s fine, but the feel of the top is why I chose the wax job as final finish. It’s so soft to the touch…So Duck, that’s it exactly!

I think a pic with a bottle and shot glass of rye is definitely in order!


Just think if it belonged to one of the old stores that sold everything. How may people stood there and what items were bought and what was talked about.

- Arlin Eastman

Arlin, that’s entirely possible with this piece and I love thinking about those times too.

Thanks everyone, glad others like the piece as much as I do. My son shared the pic at work, and I’ve got an offer to sell. Told him I’d do a reproduction, but the original is NFS…

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. - OldTools Archive -

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#12 posted 08-18-2020 02:51 AM

Heckuva job there, Smitty! It’s a looker, alright. Put an apron on you and sell hardware from behind it! Two pounds of six-penny finish nails, please, good shopkeeper!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#13 posted 08-18-2020 04:34 AM

Appreciate it, Dave!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. - OldTools Archive -

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#14 posted 08-18-2020 05:15 AM

Now I remember. There was a store in the little town of Walsh, Colorado, when I was a teenage farm boy, called the Variety Store. There were counters/bars that looked like this. It’s where the farmers would lean in and tell their stories. One of them was where I bought my first shotgun. I recall, vividly, the one near the front of the store, that was festooned with photos of the area during the ‘30s Dust Bowl days. The counters/bars that were there were there since time began. This brings back the memories of the dust storms I lived through, in the ‘70s, and, also, hail storms that dropped softball-size stones that were anything but soft, and flattened crops in minutes. Some good memories, and, some not so good. I remember sunburns and calluses, trips to the fair, and pretty farm girls.

It’s official, I guess. I’ve reached the age where an inanimate object can bring tears to my eyes. Except for books. Books have always done that to me. Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.

Thanks for sharing this with us, Smitty.

-- Mark

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#15 posted 08-18-2020 12:25 PM

Mark, that’s terrific post, thanks for sharing!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. - OldTools Archive -

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