Sideboard, my most ambitious project to date.

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Project by revanson11 posted 07-09-2013 11:13 PM 4717 views 32 times favorited 46 comments Add to Favorites Watch

For the past few years my wife has been asking me to make a sideboard for the dining room. I always seemed to have something that was more important to be making. This spring I finally settled on a design that she liked and
I wanted to make. This would be my first project using Quarter Sawn White Oak. I located and contacted a lumber mill that was about 90 miles away and they had what I figured I would need to do the project. I had read a posting by Tim Pursell on how he used a yellow analyne dye to help bring out the figure and grain of QSWO. His experience struck cord with me and I decided that I wanted to try his approach to finishing.

I purchased some water soluble yellow and orange analyne dye and Watco medium walnut and black walnut oil. I tried numerous combinations of dye strengths with the oils and settled upon a formulation of orange dye that was further diluted with 3 parts water. This diluted dye was wiped on, allowed to dry and then sanded lightly. I then coated with the Watco medium walnut oil, allowed it to dry for three days then coated with wipe on Minwax polyurethane. The top has five coats of poly plus I used a water based grain filler to bring up the luster. I think the color that I was able to get with this technique is really nice. This was my first experience using wipe on poly and I am now a believer.

Another first for me was adding some bowtie/butterfly inlays on the doors. I used some black walnut for the inlays. With using the orange dye and the medium walnut oil the inlays have a deep redish/brown color. I was surprised how easy the inlays were to do using a template, router bushing and bit.

This is my most ambitious project to date and I really like the way it turned out, especially the color.

-- Randy, Central MN

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#1 posted 07-09-2013 11:29 PM

Oh Hell yes! Wow! Now THAT is a knockout project, bar none. You did a hell of a job of this one and should be very proud! WELL DONE!

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#2 posted 07-10-2013 12:14 AM


-- Billy Long Island, NY

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#3 posted 07-10-2013 12:25 AM

Nicely done. Your time experimenting with the finish was well spent.

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#4 posted 07-10-2013 12:48 AM

Nice job! Great finish

-- The one thing about time is that time is always on time.

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#5 posted 07-10-2013 01:10 AM

Very nice! I love QSWO and this project with it’s finish show it off very well!

-- Tom Finnigan - Measures? We don't need no stinking measures! - Hmm, maybe thats why my project pieces don't fit.

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#6 posted 07-10-2013 01:13 AM


-- Clint Searl....Ya can no more do what ya don't know how than ya can git back from where ya ain't been

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#7 posted 07-10-2013 01:14 AM

What they said….... you did great.

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#8 posted 07-10-2013 01:15 AM

Well done,,how much does it weigh?

-- Dan Hux,,,,Raleigh, NC

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#9 posted 07-10-2013 01:24 AM

VERY nice. I love the finish. Great job. I’m sure your wife is very happy.

-- Don, Saginaw Mi

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#10 posted 07-10-2013 02:12 AM

To answer Dan Hux’s question about the weight. It is incredibly heavy, so heavy in fact that the wife has passed on helping me get it into the house (the second floor). With the top off and the drawers out it is manageable. My neighbor has volunteered to help me get it in the house and up the stairs.

-- Randy, Central MN

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#11 posted 07-10-2013 03:01 AM

This is a beautiful piece of furniture. Well thought out design and a lot of work. You should be very proud.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#12 posted 07-10-2013 03:10 AM

Awesome! I really like the way the color came out

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#13 posted 07-10-2013 04:19 AM


That is really outstanding workmanship! Thanks for sharing.


-- Voltaire: “Those Who Can Make You Believe Absurdities, Can Make You Commit Atrocities” There are 112 genders (not including male and female)

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#14 posted 07-10-2013 04:52 AM

Love the bowtie (Dutchmen) details….You did a great job !!

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#15 posted 07-10-2013 05:06 AM

Randy, that looks stunning! the grain on the drawer fronts really looks great to me.

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