Oh, and one story for you Bill. This AM, I woke up early and left the
kids sleeping and routed fixed shelf dados in another set of bookcase
uprights, then sanded everything and brought inside to assemble in the
mostly empty FLR. My 2 yr old daughter got up and was eager to "help"
daddy and I was applying glue to the dados on the floor before
inserting the shelves, and before I could blink an eye, she had stuck
her fingers in the dado and was wiping the glue off her fingers on the
oak plywood! She has this incredible talent for finding the most
damaging thing and heading right for it - I had a plastic square, a
rubber mallet, other "toys" laying about but the dado with glue in it
was her first priority! Well, I used a wet sponge to try to get all
the glue off, but if there is mark there on the wood, I'll fondly
remember her "helping me" as I assembled the bookcases!
Their stains are hard to match because most are multi-step processes
involving different colors of dyes, pigments, glazes, and possibly
colored waxes. The different colored layers create a complex look that
is nearly impossible to get in one step. As you back away, the item
looks like it's one color, but the color can seem to change as you get
close or change angles.
There are some good mission recipes @ homesteadfinishing.com. Make up
some sample panels and I'll bet you can get really close to the
purchased stuff if you don't expect too much from one step coloring
Most mission and Stickley finishes lend themselves very well to hand
application, spraying isn't at all necessary unless time is an issue, so
make up some panels, keep notes, and have fun!
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