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This is an end table I made about a year ago based on Popular Woodworking plans.

I needed a place to put my drink while I sat on my couch and watched tv.

The wood used is Red Oak. The drawer is made of Poplar.

This is also my first attempt at hand cut dovetails. I made a box first as a warm up.

The finish is Transtint Aniline Dye, BLO, and wax. I like the finish and it has held up ok. The only problem is that we used to have a bottle of hand sanitizer on the table and my son started playing with it and got some on the table. it washed out some of the dye on a couple of spots. The finish would have been fine for this table if it wasnt dyed.

Hope you like it. Let me know if you have any questions.

The last pic is a box I did to warm up for the dovetails I did on the drawer.

Thanks!

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Love it. Well executed dovetails and the contrast is nice. I hate red oak, but I sure like what you've done with it!
 

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I'm about done with red oak too. It got me good at sharpening chisels and plane blades though.

When I first started woodworking I found a guy with 100bf of it in is basment for 10yrs. He had a tree cut up that fell in his yard in Tennessee.

I still have some left I need to use up.
 

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Red oak's a formidable foe and it'll definitely build your sharpening skills. I tackled a 1" thick purpleheart humidor using hand tools once. I'm still not over it:) I love the Shaker style in any wood. You really did it justice.
 

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Great job Mauricio. I love the proportions and the craftsmanship. Great job on the dovetails - they look really good.
 

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Very nice : )
 

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IT'S PERFECT! I think I've looked at every red oak finish out there and this is it. What exactly was your finishing schedule??? I have a project I've been killing myself trying to decide on a finish for and this is exactly what I need. How high the sanding? What color dye? What ratio of dye to solvent? Water or Alcohol? Just plain jane BLO from a can? What kind of wax and what did you buff with?
 

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Hey Tall,

I'm glad to help because I know I struggled with the finish too. I basically used the process from a fine woodworking article about a simple Oil and Wax finish. http://www.finewoodworking.com/Materials/MaterialsPDF.aspx?id=24117
the only difference is tha I dyed it first.

1. I hand planed and or scraped all the surfaces. I hate sanding, only sanded the edges and end grain with 220.
2. Wet the surface with distilled water to raise the grain and then lightly sand down the raised grain with 400.
3. Whipe the whole thing down with a gray abrasive pad. The Transtint dye is Dark Mission Brown dissolved in distilled water. I think the instructions say that one little bottle makes 2 quarts of stain so i used half of the bottle in one quart. Play with it till you get the color you want. Wipe that on with a rag and let it dry.
4. Flood the surface with regular old BLO from a can (got it at Home Depot). let it soak in for about an hour then whipe off the excess. Let it dry for 2 days then repeat. Wait two more days and rub down with a white abrasive pad.
5. Wax, Minwax Dark wax, nothing fancy, apply it with a rag, rub it off with a clean rag. voila!

Not to complicated. I've spilled wine on it and it was ok. But like I said, hand sanitizer left a light spot where it leached out the dye. If you want something more durable look at the step stool I did. I used Transtint Antiqe Maple and then used Minwax Wipe on Poly buecause I knew that the kids would spill toothpast on it.

Post some pics of your finished project.

Mauricio
 

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Did you have a problem with the deep pores in the grain not taking the dye? I am having this issue. I guess the BLO will warm up the wood some and then does the dark wax fill those light holes?
 

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I've seen that happen when using like your standard Minwax stain from Lowes. Aniline dye is supposed to color them too.

I think your right, the BLO will soften that some and then after the dark wax it shouldn't be an issue. The dark wax doesn't really fill the pours much unless you lay it on very thick but it will get in there and darken everything.
poors much unless you lay it on very thick but it will get in there and darken everything.
 

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Here is what mine looks like up close.

 
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