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Project by Larry posted 03-02-2007 05:02 PM 3223 views 5 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well this is my second project – the bench being my first. Again a project for the wife – but then again – if she wants it – I have no problem in purchasing the material. Two for her – now she can not refuse lumber for a gun cabinet. (I hope!) Oh yes – the buffet stills needs lots of sanding and a finish. I hate to finish this wood as I love the natural look but will have to go with a oak finish as the dinning room table is made of oak.

-- "Have you hugged your pet today?" ---------- Larry

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#1 posted 03-02-2007 05:17 PM

hahaha oooooh I see—it’s all about the gun cabinet. HA !! :)

How could one refuse after receiving such a beautiful piece of furniture. The daintiness of this (that’s the feeling I get from it, with the legs, sides, and natural colour) definitely balances out the “manliness” of a gun cabinet :)


-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#2 posted 03-02-2007 06:34 PM

Very nice! I can’t tell from the photo, is the front of those center doors textured, or is that just how the grain looks in the picture?

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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#3 posted 03-02-2007 07:14 PM

It’s looking good.

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#4 posted 03-02-2007 07:50 PM

Thanks all – Dan the door have a raised panel with small grooves from the router. But it does have a lot of grain also. The same for the drawers – they are grooved raised panels or I guess they would just be added panels to the drawer fronts.

-- "Have you hugged your pet today?" ---------- Larry

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#5 posted 03-02-2007 07:54 PM

Nice job Larry. What wood did you use for this?

My preferred finish is shellac, but depending on how the item is used, I will also use varnish. Both will give Oak a nice color without any stain.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#6 posted 03-03-2007 12:37 AM

You guys are so talented! Second project! It’s amazing and I’m a bit envyous. I can’t wait to see what you do with the gun cabinet.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#7 posted 03-03-2007 02:37 AM

Looks nice. I like to see the natural beauty of the wood myself.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#8 posted 03-03-2007 06:20 AM

Beuatiful Job.

And we all know what it’s all about. Even Debbie, in her heart, knows it’s all about what we gotta do for her to get what we need for us.

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#9 posted 03-03-2007 08:52 AM

Obi … so true….
Bill … the wood is select pine and the leg are popular. I was well pleased with the select pine. Will use more of it. I am still pondering the stain…will do some test boards to see what we ….well…the wife likes the best..

-- "Have you hugged your pet today?" ---------- Larry

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#10 posted 03-03-2007 01:57 PM

oh.. I thought it was “what we LET you do so we get what we need from you!”

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#11 posted 03-03-2007 05:39 PM

very nice work.

Please tell me that it is in your neighbor’s garage that you took the photos. I couldn’t handle it if that is really how clean your shop is. ohhh.

If you stain the pine Larry, you might want to consider using a wood conditioner first. Pine blotches really bad with stain. Minwax sells a small can of Stain Conditioner. You just wipe it on, then wipe off the excess. It keeps the stain from blotching so much (darker in one place than another).

I used to know the formula to make up a Conditioner at home. I think it has boiled linseed oil, paint thinner, and something else in it. I made up a gallon several years ago when I stained a Birch China Cabinet, and still have some left, so it has been so long now that I don’t remember the formula anymore. Probably another lumber jock knows the mix, it has been in magazines before. The Minwax stuff is not expensive.

As they say in Canada, “eh”

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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#12 posted 03-03-2007 11:09 PM

Beautiful work Larry! you have a great talent!, is this your design? – it’s very graceful, I like it.

-- The Gnarly Wood Shoppe

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#13 posted 03-03-2007 11:57 PM

Mark – Thanks for the tip on the conditioner. I use Minwax when I do stain and that would be something to get. “eh” yuppers on my shop…..although I did let some saw dust fall on the floor during this project….now mind you…just a little.

schroeder – I saw a Buffet once that kinda looked like this so I drew this one up – so not totally my design – I used to be an draftsman – in a past life – so the drawing was pretty easy. It was just getting the plan on to wood that was hard and of course with any project – it was changed during the construction. I designed over a 1000 houses for a construction business – Volco now de-funked as Franklin’s bought them out – I am sure Dennis knows of them – anyhow – you would think with all that drawing of homes – I could do lumber work – but never went on a job site – my loss. But hey – from my last job – I can handcuff you in seconds… Not sure there is any lumber to handcuff unless it would be naughty pine – hummm – guess that is knotty pine. =0)

-- "Have you hugged your pet today?" ---------- Larry

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#14 posted 03-04-2007 06:46 AM

Very nice work, Larry. I think that Pine is underrated.

I second Mark’s comment. I’ve had success with a sanding sealer solution made up of highly diluted Shellac/mentholated spirits. You might try this on some scrap and see what you think.

I wrote about this in a comment on one of Debbie’s blogs.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#15 posted 03-04-2007 06:56 AM

hmmm… I followed the directions on the Minwax can, and was dissapointed – or perhaps surprised at how light the stain came out compared to straight on raw wood. I’d like to try gel stains next.

Don or Mark, did you have better luck/experience with your homemade version of the sanding sealer or conditioner?

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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