LumberJocks

Morris Chair build ala. Wood Mag. plans #12: Finish Decisions

  • Advertise with us
Blog entry by Mainiac Matt posted 05-13-2019 03:57 AM 566 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 11: Side project in prep. for cushion upholstery Part 12 of Morris Chair build ala. Wood Mag. plans series Part 13: Fuming day »

Set up a test for NH3 fuming

I put a gasket on the tote and had a pretty good seal, opened up the four windows in the basement shop, two fans and the air filter circulating. All went well, managing the fumes, until I took the test pieces out. They really stunk for a couple hours. Enough to convince me not to do anything bigger in the shop.

Fuming with 1/4 cup 30% NH3 I got a significant brown in just 1 hour, a little darker after 2 hours, with no perceptible change at 3 hours.

Next I used Tung oil, Cherry Danish
Oil, walnut gel stain and med. brown mahogany die.

Next I hit all the samples with satin rattle can lacquer.

-- Matt -- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam



7 comments so far

View Mainiac Matt 's profile

Mainiac Matt

9042 posts in 2691 days


#1 posted 05-13-2019 04:03 AM

And yes I know my respirator isn’t rated for NH3. :^o

-- Matt -- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

View Mainiac Matt 's profile

Mainiac Matt

9042 posts in 2691 days


#2 posted 05-13-2019 04:06 AM

Made a tent to fume the chair. But now I’m not sure if I’m going to use it

-- Matt -- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

View Mainiac Matt 's profile

Mainiac Matt

9042 posts in 2691 days


#3 posted 05-13-2019 04:22 AM

Mrs. Maniac doesn’t really like any of them. Too dark or too red.

I picked up a pint of Golden Oak oil based stain at Home Depot.

I’ll play around with that to see how it looks

-- Matt -- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

View pintodeluxe's profile

pintodeluxe

5918 posts in 3175 days


#4 posted 05-13-2019 05:06 AM

I’ve had good luck with Varathane, Rodda, and Cabot stains. General Finishes makes decent products. I’ve had bad luck with Minwax and Old Masters stains. Too much dye and not enough solids in those stains for my taste.

Good luck picking just one!

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

View EarlS's profile

EarlS

2729 posts in 2710 days


#5 posted 05-13-2019 11:57 AM

I use Gunstock from Varathane or Minwax to get close to the the Stickley stain. As Pinto said, General makes some good stain as well.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

View stefang's profile

stefang

16703 posts in 3696 days


#6 posted 05-13-2019 12:04 PM

I wish I were as dedicated as yourself in getting a ‘proper’ finish Matt. Kudos for going the extra mile to please your wife.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

View Mainiac Matt 's profile

Mainiac Matt

9042 posts in 2691 days


#7 posted 05-13-2019 12:27 PM


Kudos for going the extra mile to please your wife.
- stefang

That would be a small miracle :^p
I’m just trying to find something that I like and she doesn’t hate.

So far, rattle can lacquer over the 2 hr fume sample is the leading candidate.

-- Matt -- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com