magazine rack gone horribly wrong

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Project by BOB67CAM posted 12-28-2009 08:50 PM 3275 views 4 times favorited 30 comments Add to Favorites Watch

ok as i mention in my profile, im new to working with wood, and this is where its most noticable i decided to do this as a project to show the different types of woods and colors and kind of an experiment to see what theyd look like against each other it seemed like an awesome plan, but throw in 1 idiot into the equasion and things can
so the sides are poplar then the front “grates” are red oak/maple, and the quarter-round was white oak
unfortunately using 1 stain for everything was a really bad plan and im sure its common knowledge around here that it was a bad plan, unfortunately i wasnt from around so it was a learning experience in either case, so it goes in the garage i guess so i can stare at it untill i learn my

-- if you dont have it, build it, especially when its a stupid idea

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#1 posted 12-28-2009 09:03 PM

A nice design and build….and yes the stain does make everything look similar except for grain. I usually do not stain contrasting woods….but use a rub on clear oil and or poly finish….you can also use a clear laquer or shellac.

A possiblity here may be to tint the contrasting areas with a darker color….you cannot go lighter (always apply the light colors first). Or you can sand down an area and apply a different color in order to emphasize the contrast. By the way…you are not the first to do this….been there…done that myself….Still that is a very nice looking magazine rack

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#2 posted 12-28-2009 09:07 PM

yea im slow to learn but ill catch on…lol, and thanx for the “im not the only idiot” comment, that does

-- if you dont have it, build it, especially when its a stupid idea

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#3 posted 12-28-2009 09:09 PM

umm, I don’t see the problem, it looks pretty good to me. It sounds like you were maybe going for a uniform stained color at the end so yeah, in hindsight it’s probably obvious now the different woods stain out differently. But in terms of just looking good I like it. I tend to like the more mixed up woods and colors so I probably wouldn’t have stained it a dark stain anyhow, probably just oiled it and varnished and let the different woods stand out.

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#4 posted 12-28-2009 09:15 PM

yea that was the issue, i wanted to see it unstained or natural, but i had a stupid idea in my head that the stain would only effect the grain, it never occured to me that stain would actually stain the wood that color…lol

-- if you dont have it, build it, especially when its a stupid idea

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#5 posted 12-28-2009 09:34 PM

Hey, it turned out nice none-the-less. You may have been born yesterday, but you stayed up all night.
Keep making sawdust.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#6 posted 12-28-2009 09:37 PM

I am also new to building ornamental wood stuff so I know exactly where you are coming from! And I also have tried the “different woods,same stain” trick. This looks like bare wood to me though,is this the finished project or pre stained?

-- Growing the scrap pile daily!

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#7 posted 12-28-2009 09:38 PM

Oops! There are more pictures over there! Guess my internet savvy is now public without an explanation! LOL!

-- Growing the scrap pile daily!

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#8 posted 12-28-2009 09:52 PM

thank god you guys can miss the obvious too, it makes me feel much better…lol, no offense to
and ive stayed up a few nights now, which helps explain the drool and teary eyes…right guys?...ummm guys….lol

-- if you dont have it, build it, especially when its a stupid idea

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#9 posted 12-28-2009 09:57 PM

Don’t put it in the garage. I’ll take it if you don’t want it…..............................LOL

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#10 posted 12-28-2009 10:13 PM

I think it looks awesome. The design is wonderful.

-- Dennis Trenton Ohio And life is worth the living just because He lives!

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#11 posted 12-28-2009 10:22 PM

I tend to not stain wood and prefer the natural color of the wood and will most often use clear finishes, also I will use dyes to highlight grain or match existing furniture items. Stains are most often used to make less expensive wood, like poplar appear to be more expensive wood like, cherry, walnut etc.,

I good habit to get into is to save scrapes (2×2 or 3×3) and try difference finishes (oils, shellac, varnishes) over time you will have a nice collection of different woods and their relative appearances with similar finishes.

I’d say the project is still a keeper, few but you will know there is a mistake.

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#12 posted 12-28-2009 10:26 PM

Great design and execution of the project. The staining is a learning experience.
So, you learned!

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#13 posted 12-28-2009 11:38 PM

Bob, As a beginner, I learn something from most projects I examine (expecially my own!). Thank you for an interesting lesson on woods and stain. I like the magazine rack! It might be interesting to try spacing the ribs so that the sides appeared to be the “ribs” on the ends. It would be quick to experiment with even further possibilities using the (Google) SketchUp software. That is a tool that I just started using that I am really enthused about.

As WhittleMeThis suggested, it makes sense to experiment with stains and finishes on scrap to reduce the chance and cost of surprise.


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#14 posted 12-28-2009 11:48 PM

Hey, you may not have accomplished your goal of seeing different woods together, but you did build a very nice magazine rack. Don’t get discouraged, you’ll continue to make mistakes for many more years. I’ve been at it for almost twenty years and make them all the time, the trick is how well you hide them. LOL Keep posting.

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#15 posted 12-28-2009 11:49 PM

It is a nice piece of work. You should not be to hard on yourself. you learn you move on.

Nice work anyway.


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