Director of Operations Gift

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Project by wrtnaz posted 04-20-2012 03:07 AM 2428 views 3 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a name plate that my Commander requested I make for our Director of Operations. It is made of a 3×3x18 block of Cherry with the crosses cut off of a 1×6 board of Cherry. I was definately having some problems with trying to decide how to “treat” the wood. I couldnt decide if I wanted to stain it or clear coat it. The main reason I decided to change it to a darker color is to hopefully deapen it and make it look more elegant. Then I put a question on here to everyone with different techniques on staining wood and sealing dyed wood. I ended up dyeing the wood with trans tint and sanding and redyeing multiple times until it came out. Then I used a beeswax mixed with orange oil polish. I really ended up a different tint/color than I originally had in my mind but I am happy with it.

I used a fostner bit for the coin recess and then put the stencil on and cut the shape with a bandsaw. Definately tool ALOT of sanding.

While tinting the wood, it became very blotchy (last pic), but I sanded with a more coarse paper(200) and then applied the tint again but with a rag instead of a foam brush. This helped tremendously. After that, I moved up in sandpaper coarsness and reapplied again. I guess it turned out.

Thanks for all of the comments on my questions I put out there earlier on “How to seal wood after dyeing wood”. It has been great to be able to ask and recieve good answers and suggestions on projects. I really appreciate all the help. BinghamtonEd helped me relax and trust that it would come out good after showing me some great pics of some of his trans tint projects.

Hope you like

-- wrtnaz

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#1 posted 04-20-2012 11:26 AM

Hey, Nice Job.
Lot of detail work in thee.


-- Mike - In Fort McMurray Alberta

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#2 posted 04-20-2012 01:08 PM

Good job – its a keeper; If I were the director, it would make my day, every day I saw it.

-- David in Palm Bay, FL

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#3 posted 04-20-2012 09:07 PM

I like that a lot…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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