A fireplace mantle I am working on for the HomeShow. This is just 1/3
of the whole thing. It shows the detail that the router can do. 3/16"
ball-nose bit. 4 hours of machine time. But that's the fun part, I
built a vanity while it was doing that.
I put a PolyShade on it, to give a bit of pop. I liked the natural
cherry better, but you couldn't see any detail that way.
I was pleasantly surprised with the test result. Learned a lot.
The total piece is 6" x 46"
I bought the file. There is also a logging train one that I might try
some day. Then I will learn to create my own 3D images like that from
grey-scale high-rez pictures.
While I generally agree, I'd like to show an "almost stained" cherry project. My
middle daughter's birthday is today and SWMBO and I built this vanity stool for
SWMBO did the upholstery. I did the frame. The finish on the frame starts with
a wash coat of dark garnet shellac, followed by three coats of the Sam Maloof
oil finish (equal parts, tung oil, BLO, and poly). The oil was heavily tinted
with Trans-Tint Red Mahogany.
The target is a match to a factory made cherry bedroom suite they own. Of
course, the cherry will darken with time, so I needed to guess what it would
look like in a year or so.
The cross pieces are mortised into the legs and each other. I pinned the leg
joints with 1/4" cherry dowel. There is a swivel from Woodcraft between the set
SWMBO gave me a lathe Christmas before last. This is my first "real" project
SWMBO has been saying for years that I needed a lathe. I was resisting because
I am still learning the tools I've got. But when she took me to Woodcraft and
said "Get what you want", how could I refuse? The woman is a keeper.
Worse than that. I had some left over 8/4 cherry that was going to be enough to
make the legs. But there was a hunk of sap wood I couldn't avoid, so I ended up
buying another plank of 8/4. So I've got more left overs than I started with.
Oh, well. It will find a home sooner or later. -- Doug
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