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this is a very simple oval design, the main body is 13/16" x 8" x 13 1/2" black walnut, the legs are1"x 2 1/2", I don't know what the wood is, but I stained it with Zar Brazilian Cherry, 2 coats of shellac, then 3 coats of Minwax satin water based poly to finish it off. I am working on a triangle design now to see how that will work out, will post it when done if it works ok.
thanks for looking.

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looks nice smitty .

how about a table to go with it , LOL ?

don't know what the wood is,

good line !
 

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Very nice, Smitty. I really like the oval design.
I also like the legs.
Ellen
 

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Nice work. That is a great gift idea as well.
 

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Nice candleholder Smitty.

Did you drill the holes for the legs and then cut out the oval, or what was the order of progression?

I'll be curious to see the idea design idea you're talking about.
 

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I cut the oval first,mostly because I did not have a definite plan to follow, so I clamped a scrap piece to it and drilled with a forstner bit, and that was the size dowel I had, I think I will try the dowels for legs on more, since it works out so well.
thanks for the comments
 

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I thing I did notice, the glass candle holders are not all the same diameter, some sit deeper than others, I had to find the 3 that was closest to the same. they are from walmart.
 

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i thought you just dado-ed a slot in the dowel ,
and slipped it over the top with glue ?
 

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no David, but that would work, although that much strength is not needed.
 

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i just though it was easier ,
and registered the legs for height better ?

but what do i know ,
i found three birthday candles as i was cleaning
the other day , and have some tuna cans ,
do you think that would work , lol ?
 

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Sweet
 

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uh, yeah David, that would work, just fine.
something smells fishy. lol
I laid the piece on top of another board to get the height. it worked ok.
 

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Looks Great!! I am a beginner and was wondering. Every piece i see on here seems to have multiple fineshes and they all look great. You say you "stained it with Zar Brazilian Cherry, 2 coats of shellac, then 3 coats of Minwax satin water based poly to finish it off". How do you do that? Do you apply each coat, let it dry, and then go for the next coat? Do you sand between coats? I know all I have been doing so far is just stain and maybe clear coat. I need help in making better looking "finished" projects. Any info you or anyone else can provide would be greatly appreciated.
 

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I only stained the legs, yes, each coat is applied, allowed to dry, sanded with 400 grit, then reapplied until the finish is satisfactory for what you want.
 

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wrnatz,

I am a beginner myself, so I am not going to give you all sorts of information… besides, entire book collections have been written on finishing.

And this is yet another reason why I love this site. There is so much info. on here, you just have to go looking for it. A few things that I've done that have worked for me:

1. Read as many of the posts in the forum section on finishing that you can tolerate at a time. Then come back the next day and repeat. Or maybe even just look up all the posts you can find on a particular finish. For instance, I recently finished a project with Waterlox (a tung oil-based finish) and so I wanted to learn more about it. I read all sorts of posts, and still ended up asking a question or two.
2. Find a similar project to the one you're considering, and then study it. Figure out how it was finished. Maybe contact the person that made the project for more details.
3. Figure out what you want the finish to do. By this, I mean, how do you expect it to perform? Does it just need to cure/dry quickly because you're in a hurry? Does it need to be able to sit outside? Do you want it to look like glass? Are you eating off it? This is probably the first question to ask, and where to start from. You need to know where you're going before you begin the finishing journey, if that makes any sense.
4. Once you've read up a bit on some of this stuff, maybe test out a few of the products you're interested in on some scrap wood. Use the same product, but apply it in different ways on the same board… maybe wipe some of it on with a rag, use a bristle brush, and use a sponge brush… try wetsanding (depending on what it is). Also try to apply the finish to the same type of wood you'll be using for the project.
5. Ask questions, but in a specific way. Let us know that you might be considering a certain couple of finishes, but maybe aren't sure which one to use in your particular situation. This lets everyone know that you've at least made an effort on your own. Doing this seems to produce better results, at least, from what I've seen. Say something like, "So I'm making this coffee table out of walnut. I don't have much finishing experience, but am willing to learn. This table may have cold drinks set on it from time to time. I don't want it to be shiny, just have a nice soft glowing luster to it. Oh, and I want to keep the walnut looking natural, no dyes or stains please. What would you all recommend I use to finish it with? Oh, I'd like to have this project finished within 2-days from now because it is a surprise for my friend's birthday. Should I use Danish oil, or lacquer, wax, a wipe-on poly, or a combination of these, or maybe something else entirely? I like the way Danish Oil looks, but will it stand up to the abuse? And it'll take longer than a day or two to fully cure, right?"
6. Repeat Steps 1-5 ;-)
 

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Jonathan and Woodsmith, Thanks to both of you for the info. I appreciate every bit of knowledge I can get from this sight. I will post then next time I finish something and let you see how it goes. Thanks again
 

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wrnatz, to me, a huge part of this site is growing with the help of others. I know it's been a tremendous help to me so far!

Lots of useful information and helpful people helps stack the deck in our favor. When just starting out, a person needs all the help they can get, which I can certainly appreciate… I'm right there with you.
 
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