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    My friend has a lot of liquor in her basement. Said liquor is in a lot of bottles just sitting on her counter.



    These two pictures kind of show what color her counter tops are:





    And, for fun, you alcoholics can look through the pictures and name all of the liquor in all the bottles.



    When I went to visit her (Missoula, Montana) we picked out some quarter-sawn oak and some hard maple for me to make a bar riser/stepped shelf unit for her. Went to http://www.superior-hardwoods.com/ Superior Hardwoods and Millwork in Missoula. Not a huge stock, but good selection.








    I'm making 2. 1 with 2 steps, long and 1 with 3 steps, shorter. I am at the point with the 2 stepper that I need to start thinking about finishing it. Here is where I am at. I just need now to sand all the corner parts, add the dowel accents, then join and finish.



    I want to kind of dye the wood, since right now it's kind of plain, and I want to bring out the grain.

    I have purchased these as options:

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1


    I am going to add a few drops of whatever to this: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    and sand and then finish with this:

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1


    Right now, I'm thinking of making the maple shelves just a liiiitttttle bit yellowish with the honey amber, and then the faces of the oak a light brownish. Maybe even go dark brown, sand it down so that only the end-grain patterns still have pigment, and then go over it all again with the light brown, sand, and then seal.

    Anyone have any opinions?

  • #2
    pics of the chick?

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    • #3
      be careful down there...theres an alligator living in her basement

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      • #4
        Originally posted by BillMelayter View Post
        be careful down there...theres an alligator living in her basement
        Named Guillermo.

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        • #5
          I would apprentice myself out to you if I could. Carpentry is a dying skill set. I also want to learn to be a beekeeper, a REAL farmer with a lifetimes worth of experience, how to sail and all the skills from the anarchists cookbook. And how to tie my shoes.

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          • #6
            Edgefield Whiskey is poopy. McMenamins should stick to making beer.

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            • #7
              vodo..you ever do any work with beetle kill pine? I just ordered a BKP coffee table and end table should get them next week. It looks great and makes use of wood that would normally just be chipped up.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by BillMelayter View Post
                vodo..you ever do any work with beetle kill pine? I just ordered a BKP coffee table and end table should get them next week. It looks great and makes use of wood that would normally just be chipped up.

                Keep in mind that I have finished a total of 2 projects, and this is my 3rd one. A mailbox and a piece of shop furniture.

                That being said, that coffee table looks really nice - but seems very ..... simple I guess. Meaning, if I were to try something like that, it would be much more difficult to make but would come out more "interesting". Out of the ordinary. That coffee table is very blocky. Butt joints and mortise and tenon. Rustic. Which, if that is what you were going for, great! I don't mean to demean your purchase. It does look professionally made.

                I don't know what it is about me that shuns "rustic" or simple. It's the same with my cooking.

                This is more what I would go for if I were doing a coffee table:





                I don't know how they are done yet - but I could figure it out!

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                • #9
                  back to pics of the chick?

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Who View Post
                    back to pics of the chick?
                    You would be disappointed.

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                    • #11
                      What a lush!

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                      • #12
                        That maple actually has some "spalt" in it...you might want to finish it naturally. And by the way...if you sand spalted wood...you would want to wear a dust mask since spalt is basically unhealthy to inhale.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by BillMelayter View Post
                          vodo..you ever do any work with beetle kill pine? I just ordered a BKP coffee table and end table should get them next week. It looks great and makes use of wood that would normally just be chipped up.
                          Beetle kiil pine is the new darling in the building industry. Just finished a house in which the entire ceiling was T&G beetle kill pine.
                          The bluish hue is from a fungus that forms in the tree after the beetles kill it.

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                          • #14
                            I would have gone with a nice darker wood to contrast the oak myself. Perhaps a nice black walnut inset for accent.

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                            • #15
                              A lot of character and grain in that wood.
                              I echo Howie's suggestion on sanding the spalted Maple.
                              Even a cheap dust mask would help.

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