Gun Cabinet Dream #1: The beginning...

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Blog entry by 3-Sons posted 07-06-2017 02:58 PM 803 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Woodworking is like nothing I have ever been interested in. There is something about seeing lumber turn into a finished usable piece that really excites me. It has consumed all my free time.

My projects started small. Thanks to the Wood Whisper for that. Cutting boards and knives are what I started with and slowly have progressed to larger items.

Someone on here has in their profile that they only build a project once. That has been the case with my projects. Not that I do not want to build the same thing multiple time but people always want something a little different.

With a little background info on me lets talk about this cabinet. Let me start by saying I have never built anything of this size. You guys and gals give me some pointers. I like advice, well good advice. ;)

This project started as a joke and turned real. My dad told me how many guns he had stored in a closet and I told him he needed to display them… So it began.

This cabinet is 8’-6” tall 13’ long and 30” deep. It will be made of quarter sawn white oak. For the finish he has requested I stain it to make the flakes pop more. I am not sure how to accomplish that. Anyone have an suggestions on that?

As the project progresses I will update.

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#1 posted 07-06-2017 03:05 PM

That’s quite the project!

A couple thoughts on your stain question:
1. Test options on a separate piece. Sand, stain and finish as you plan for the final cabinet. Evaluate in lighting similar to where the cabinet will be installed.
2. Stain can be hard to keep even in the inside corners. Consider staining before final assembly.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#2 posted 07-06-2017 10:37 PM

3-Sons, that will be a beautiful piece when completed. There are many ways to treat qswo to enhance the ray flecks.

Fuming with ammonia is the traditional method, but pieces of oak can have more or less tannins present so the color might not be as uniform as you might like. Also, the ammonia needs to be handled with care because it can do a number on your nose, lungs, eyes, skin, etc.

I like these options from Jeff Jewitt; you and your dad can choose his preference.

Please keep updating this blog with your progress.

-- Art

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#3 posted 07-06-2017 11:23 PM

Thank you both (Steve and Art). That is exactly what I am looking for. Now to figure out color.

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