Workbench #15: Odds and Ends

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Blog entry by Dan Wolfgang posted 06-22-2017 01:35 AM 1377 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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With all of the major pieces of the bench done, I took care of a few details.

The left front leg needed a recess to get at the bench dog to push it out, as well as to let it sit low for thin stock.

The right ends of the bench top needed to be cut nicely. After cutting I planed them a little so that they’re smooth.

Several weeks back I was reading about UV staining (thanks Ron Aylor). It’s most commonly done with cherry, to bring out the reddish color in the wood. I thought about trying it with the birch shelves of my workbench. Some more reading, however, told me that it wouldn’t work well because cherry is rich with tannins, while birch is not.

And that led me to tea staining. Tea is rich in tannins, so I “painted” several coats of brewed tea onto the shelf slats. The tea darkened the wood a little, which looked nice. Now I had some tannin-rich wood, ready for UV staining. After about 25 hours, I believe the sun has changed the color of the wood a little, darkening it slightly. It definitely looks nice—now a warm, golden honey color—and was a fun addition to the bench. This photo shows a before-and-after, with before on the bottom.

Still a few things to do, but not much, and I don’t know when I’ll do them.

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