Stickley No. 660 Plant Stand

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Project by StickleyStyle posted 07-19-2009 08:17 PM 3668 views 6 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a piece I kind of made on a whim when I realized I needed to make a trip to the sander, for some other pieces I was working on, and figured if I was going to have to pay a minimum I might as well run a couple other things thru while I was there anyway. I had no plans for this one other than the basic height and top dimensions that can be found in my “Unabridged Reprints of Two Mission Furniture Catalogs”, Dover Publications. What I did on this one was draw it in a CAD programb that I have access to, then tried to proportion it to look like the illustration in the Catalog. With the exception of the top, this piece was made with cut-offs I had lying around from other projects. This piece was also used as my test piece for the finishing process I would eventually use on the D handle rack I have posted on LJ’s also. As always I finish and then assemble. Table irons are one of the very few times I elicit the use of any hardware.

The finishing process starts with a wipe down of distilled water to promote any grain raising that would otherwise occur during application of the water based dye I use. After sanding the grain smooth again I wipe on the dye and then seal the dye with a mix of varnish, Tung oil, and boiled linseed oil. The dye alone is quite red so I glaze the surface using an very dark oil based stain which brings out the character in the grain and knocks down some of the red. I then top coat the whole thing with multiple coats of the same mix used for the seal coat. I’m relatively satisfied with how it turnred out but still convinced there is a better and more consistent finishing process to get the look I’m after.

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#1 posted 07-19-2009 08:40 PM

The grain is beautiful , but I agree with you that it is too red….at least in the photos : ) Nice little table though !

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#2 posted 07-19-2009 09:41 PM

Nice table, love the style:-)) “trip to the sander”?? Do you have a company that flattens glue ups or sands for dimensions or something?

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#3 posted 07-19-2009 09:49 PM

Actually, these pictures do make the color look very orange. In reality, it is quite a bit deeper brown/red. The same is true with the D-handled rack which is basically the same finish. The pictures on that rack all look orange also. I think the flash washes the color out.

Yes, In the So Cal area there are tons of cabinet shops and many of them rent time out on their big sanders. I forgot what their hourly rate is because I usually have just a few items and end up having to pay their minimum which I recall is $35-40.

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#4 posted 11-21-2019 09:22 AM

Great stuff. Found this post while searching for information on the 660 plant stand. Any chance you could provide dimensions for your parts (e.g., leg and stretcher width, etc.)? Thanks.

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