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The Final Mantels

It’s been a long time coming, I know.

These are the Mantels I built and installed for a wonderful client, the Stavoe Family, Memorial Day 2012. All built from solid walnut with pine seconds, sprayed  with Shellac and General Finishes Enduro-Var.

Classic Dining Room Mantel

You’ll notice that the fireplace is not centered on this peninsula wall. So the family and I worked together to design a mantel that went straight to the wall in the corner. This design is more classic and formal. It’s a very thick top and is screwed upon a French cleat.

Stavoe Dining Room Mantel

Stavoe Dining Room Mantel

Craftsman Sitting Room Mantel

This peninsula wall divides the space into the dining room and a sitting or reading room. From other areas in the house you can see both sides of the peninsula wall, and both mantels. So the family and I wanted the materials and proportions to be the same, even though the style will be less formal in the sitting room. This mantel is also screwed upon a French cleat.

Stavoe Sitting Room Mantel

Stavoe Sitting Room Mantel

Walnut Slab Family Room Mantel

The last mantel is in another area of the house, the great room – where the kitchen, eating, and play areas come together. This mantel is made to look like a solid walnut slab, but it’s not. There are threaded inserts recessed in the bottom for stainless steel christmas stocking hooks. This was the install I had the most anxiety about, but it slipped into place on cleats very tight and sturdy.

Stavoe Family Room Walnut Mantel

Stavoe Family Room Walnut Mantel

I’m getting caught up in reverse order, the post regarding design and construction will come next.

Woodworkers Discuss Finishes: Woodchat Transcript December 28, 2011

Great discussions tonight among woodworkers of all levels regarding finishing during #woodchat.

Woodchat Transcript December 28, 2011 6pm Pacific/9pm Eastern

@HighRock RT @DyamiPlotke: Don’t forget,#woodchat starts in less than an hour. 9:00pm eastern. I’ll be popping in & out, but they’ll be many great woodworkers about.

@Tumblewood Tweechat for #woodchat is recording already. testing! ONE TWO THREE#woodchat

@MansFineFurn @DyamiPlotke whoops, almost forgot it’s#woodchat Wednesday!

@imaginer99 Is it time yet? #Woodchat

@asliceofwood Any plans for the chat tonight?#woodchat

@FlairWoodworks Oh, what? I might actually be around for#woodchat tonight, which starts in eight minutes. I’ll be posting as @ChrisHasFlair

@asliceofwood @FlairWoodworks you could post as both and confuse people. #woodchat

@WoodworkGuy Hello everyone in #woodchat tonight

@Tumblewood Hello all. Welcome to the last Woodchat of the year. Let’s make it something very cool in the new year! #woodchat

@MansFineFurn Hey all, I’ll be in and out, gotta put the little one to bed shortly #woodchat

@woodbard @Tumblewood Hi, Vic. Happy New Year (before I forget). I will be in and out tonight. #woodchat

@WoodworkGuy What’s the #woodchat topic?

@MansFineFurn Salut Nick Hey Vic, Al #woodchat

@asliceofwood Hows everyone doing tonight? #woodchat

@woodbard @MansFineFurn Hi, Nick, Nick, Jeff :)#woodchat

@ChrisHasFlair Hello, hello. #woodchat

@WoodworkGuy @woodbard Hey Al. How goes it?#woodchat

@NGBfurniture so whats la topic pour this night?#woodchat

@ChrisHasFlair Devon-nous parler en francais ce soir pendant #woodchat

@woodbard @ChrisHasFlair hmmm… Non – merci.#woodchat

@asliceofwood @ChrisHasFlair yep #woodchat

@NGBfurniture jesu, ma francais c’est pouri! c’est un peut triste par ce que je vie en montreal!#woodchat

@Wood_Jedi Hello everyone.. #woodchat #woodchat

@ChrisHasFlair @Tumblewood So do we have a topic tonight for #woodchat?

@NGBfurniture haha wow i dont think ive typed in french in like 5 years #woodchat

@WoodworkGuy ….Looking for the French Rosetta Stone software to translate…. #woodchat

@NGBfurniture sooo many mistakes #woodchat

@asliceofwood seems like there are not many folks here tonight. #woodchat

@MansFineFurn Nick, I figured you’d be up on it, given your surroundings… I can’t type in French unless I have a french keyboard layout#woodchat

@FlairWoodworks @NGBfurniture RDF (LOL) #woodchat

@NGBfurniture @MansFineFurn haha all my friends are anglo and i only speak french when i absolutely need to. oddly i have family in france…#woodchat

@FlairWoodworks So who else is in the shop right now?#woodchat

@BobbyHagstrom @ChrisHasFlair !Si! ?Que? #woodchat

@WoodworkGuy maybe it’s quality and not quantity tonight in #woodchat @asliceofwood

@ChrisHasFlair @BobbyHagstrom Quoi? #woodchat

@MansFineFurn @FlairWoodworks I wish…rugrats#woodchat

@ChrisHasFlair Let’s go with that because it’s better than neither! RT @WoodworkGuy: maybe it’s quality and not quantity tonight in#woodchat @asliceofwood

@Wood_Jedi @FlairWoodworks, IM in the shop working on a sewing box for my grandfather’s girlfriend #woodchat#woodchat

@BobbyHagstrom @FlairWoodworks I’m about to drive home to my shop; but I’m shopping for bath fan duct and a mirror. #woodchat

@ChrisHasFlair @Wood_Jedi Is that a traditional design or a new one? #woodchat

@WoodworkGuy so #woodchat tonight is French dovetails vs. English dovetails??? 😉

@Wood_Jedi Right now Im making a custom set of brass knife hinges for the box. testing my metal working skills #woodchat

@DyamiPlotke Hello #woodchat I’ve got more shop improvements, the Clockwork Bench & a massive Lego table on deck for 2012. You?

@MansFineFurn alright gents (ladies?) how about some topic proposals? #woodchat

@NGBfurniture totally in the mood for a poutine now…#woodchat

@asliceofwood anyone get any new toys for the holidays? #woodchat

@Wood_Jedi @ChrisHasFlair, its a custom design…not like your traditional ones#woodchat

@MansFineFurn @asliceofwood no, don’t rub it in#woodchat

@ChrisHasFlair @asliceofwood No tools. I can’t think of any more that I need. #woodchat

@uppercutwood @Tumblewood #woodchat sorry I’m late we just got to our cabin. What did y’all give or get woodworking related for Christmas?

@DyamiPlotke @FlairWoodworks I’m in the shop.#woodchat

@ChrisHasFlair Topic idea for #woodchat: Highs and lows of 2011.

@asliceofwood @piratecolie got me a scroll saw. I got to test it out a bit, but haven’t cut much with it yet #woodchat

@Wood_Jedi @asliceofwood santa didnt bring me my lathe. 🙁 I think @DyamiPlotke got the word out to put me on the naughty list#woodchat

@ChrisHasFlair @asliceofwood Make some 3D jigsaw puzzles! They’re fun to make but even more fun to play with. #woodchat

@NGBfurniture @ChrisHasFlair thats a good one!#woodchat

@asliceofwood @Wood_Jedi yeah i remember@DyamiPlotke trying to get you on that list #woodchat

@Tumblewood @uppercutwood Hey Matt! Feeling any better?! #woodchat

@FlairWoodworks @NGBfurniture Ha ha. I asked for 6″ clamps one year and got spring clamps 6″ long overall! #woodchat

@Wood_Jedi @asliceofwood you will like the scrollsaw, i enjoy working on mine #woodchat

@asliceofwood @ChrisHasFlair I will have to try. I also want to make a wooden gear clock.#woodchat

@FlairWoodworks @Wood_Jedi Have you got any sketches or pictures to share? #woodchat

@ChrisHasFlair @asliceofwood Wooden gear clocks are fiddly. #woodchat

@Tumblewood I think I experienced plenty of Christmas prior to the actual holiday! #woodchat

@ChrisHasFlair @asliceofwood Personally, I wouldn’t want to do one on the scroll saw.#woodchat

@NGBfurniture @FlairWoodworks hahaha exactly!!#woodchat

@asliceofwood @piratecolie also got me a #18 sweetheart plane. I think she likes me a little. #woodchat

@MansFineFurn I had a tool wishlist a mile long…I got underwear and pajamas #woodchat

@asliceofwood @ChrisHasFlair I’m up for the challenge#woodchat

@victorjhawkins Will have to forgo #woodchat. Grandkids and I are making peanut butter cookies.

@ChrisHasFlair @asliceofwood What is a #18?#woodchat

@Tumblewood Some of you know what I’m working on. What are you all doing in the shop!?#woodchat

@DyamiPlotke @asliceofwood I got a cool apron for Christmas. You? #woodchattwitpic.com/7zzlu6

@Wood_Jedi @FlairWoodworks I will post pictures as soon as i get a tad bit further, IM designing it as I go but will definitely post pics #woodchat

@NGBfurniture my high and low was moving into this new shop, so much to set up yet i have a nice new spot to work! #woodchat

@asliceofwood @MansFineFurn haha the must haves#woodchat

@ChrisHasFlair @Tumblewood I’m working on prototyping a chair… still. #ItsAProcess #woodchat

@asliceofwood @DyamiPlotke you got me beat#woodchat

@pickettfurnitur #woodchat Hello everyone!

@Tumblewood @NGBfurniture What’s your new environment? How big/light? etc?#woodchat

@Wood_Jedi waiting for Tumblewood to finish the bench so I can come over and pick it up..lol since he wont deliver it to my shop..lol #woodchat

@asliceofwood @ChrisHasFlair is that the one that was getting designed while sleeping in?#woodchat

@ChrisHasFlair There were many highs this year, including Time Warp Tool Works, WIA, watching my blog grow… #woodchat

@ChrisHasFlair @asliceofwood That’s the one! #woodchat

@asliceofwood @pickettfurnitur welcome #woodchat

@pickettfurnitur #woodchat lots to do in the shop in the new year. Most importantly, finish building photo studio and conference room bathroom.

@Tumblewood @Wood_Jedi Laney, others are gonna do much more beautiful benches #woodchat

@NGBfurniture @Tumblewood its a sketchy spot closer to home, instead of sharing with 3 others im alone, 900 SQFT, lighting is alright#woodchat

@WoodworkGuy I got a years tuition for HTS from Santa Wife. She got a spa day and a LED light for her scroll saw #woodchat

@Tumblewood @ChrisHasFlair is making some very nice molding planes, if y’all aren’t aware.#woodchat

@ChrisHasFlair @WoodworkGuy Your wife scrolls? Nice!#woodchat

@Wood_Jedi @Tumblewood, i dont know, there is something about them old timbers that make yours stand out #woodchat

@Tumblewood @NGBfurniture 900 can be an effective shop #woodchat

@ChrisHasFlair @Wood_Jedi Old timbers and big timbers are awesome! #woodchat

@asliceofwood a high for me was starting to make videos. It’s hard to think of lows.#woodchat

@Tumblewood @WoodworkGuy I saw that! Congrats!#woodchat

@NGBfurniture @Tumblewood oh it is! its just the whole moving into a new building kinda thing…#woodchat

@MansFineFurn back in a bit folks, gotta tuck in the toddler #woodchat

@Tumblewood @Wood_Jedi I’m looking forward to gettin some oil on it. #woodchat

@pickettfurnitur No tools for Xmas, but I did receive a copy of Nakashoma’s book, Soul of a Tree. Who has read it? #woodchat

@WoodworkGuy @ChrisHasFlair Yes indeed it is. She likes WW but isn’t into the TS or other large power tools #woodchat

@Wood_Jedi I have been following @ChrisHasFlair’s plane making.. very nice #woodchat

@ChrisHasFlair @pickettfurnitur Nakashima’s book was good, but I enjoyed reading Maloof’s more. #woodchat

@Tumblewood @asliceofwood Send me your site add. I’ll post it on Woodchat+… #woodchat

@JustSqEnough Hi all new Android so trying this from it tonight #woodchat

@WoodworkGuy @pickettfurnitur that looks like a really cool book! Give a book report sometime…#woodchat

@Chris_TW2 Thanks! RT @Wood_Jedi: I have been following Chris’ plane making.. very nice#woodchat

@ChrisHasFlair Can you keep up? RT @JustSqEnough: Hi all new Android so trying this from it tonight #woodchat

@Tumblewood @ChrisHasFlair Maloof is probably my most endeared making in this century. Not to say he’s the best. I just loved him.#woodchat

@WoodworkGuy @Tumblewood Thanks. I’m looking forward to it. Want to brush up/learn hand tool skills #woodchat

@ChrisHasFlair @Tumblewood I don’t love his work, but I loved his book. #woodchat

@JustSqEnough @ChrisHasFlair so far I’ll let you know#woodchat

@asliceofwood @Tumblewood where do you want me to send it to? so many options #woodchat

@pickettfurnitur Did you ever meet him? @TumblewoodMaloof is probably my most endeared making in this century. #woodchat

@Tumblewood @ChrisHasFlair I love how he approach the craft and his life. #woodchat

@ChrisHasFlair @Tumblewood Yes, it’s his attitudes that I appreciate. #woodchat

@Tumblewood @asliceofwood post it here..I’ll add to my feeder #woodchat

@JohnVerreault #woodchat mother-in-law just got me a belated Xmas gift– Bessey K-Body to match the 1 from 12 Days of Christmas promo–sweet!

@JustSqEnough Anyone get shop time over the weeken#woodchat

@Tumblewood @pickettfurnitur No…just seen lots of video / interviews/ etc. #woodchat

@ChrisHasFlair @JustSqEnough Over the Christmas weekend? No way! #woodchat

@asliceofwood asliceofwoodworkshop.com #woodchat

@Tumblewood @JohnVerreault They should always be purchased in pairs. They get lonely#woodchat

@benjamenjohnson Holy crap I was closing a twitter tab and I saw the #woodchat hashtag and just remembered it was a woodchat night.#woodchat

@JC_McGrath Just running by to say hope all had a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, some needed shop time for me tonight, have a good chat! #woodchat

@Tumblewood @JustSqEnough Nothing but shop time. Sylvia was sick #woodchat

@Wood_Jedi Hey guy be sure to check out my new woodworking forum SHOP TALKbit.ly/w2vzz4 #woodchat

@pickettfurnitur I love that his business card simply said ‘woodworker’ @ChrisHasFlair@Tumblewood Yes, it’s his attitudes that I appreciate. #woodchat

@ChrisHasFlair @JC_McGrath I hope you have a productive evening in the shop! #woodchat

@JohnVerreault @JustSqEnough unfortunately not#woodchat

@Tumblewood @benjamenjohnson I figured it’d be slow due to the holidays #woodchat

@Wood_Jedi if you havent been to the website yet either..lol…stop byasimpledesignofocala.com #woodchat

@Tumblewood @JC_McGrath Hey Jon! #woodchat

@asliceofwood @Tumblewoodasliceofwoodworkshop.com #woodchat

@Wood_Jedi Its free to register and you can use your favorite social networks to register or create a unique user name #woodchat

@ChrisHasFlair Any users of EvapoRust? Do you get odd patterns left behind afterwards? Picture coming… #woodchat

@JustSqEnough @Tumblewood I saw your feed bench is looking good #woodchat

@JohnVerreault @Tumblewood LOL — I agree #woodchat

@benjamenjohnson Haven’t been in the shop much this week except to get drywall and paint supplies.#woodchat

@Wood_Jedi @Tumblewood i know you are a busy man, but be sure to stop into the forum and let me know what you thinkbit.ly/w2vzz4 #woodchat

@woodbard @Tumblewood For sandy’s Fast Turn set. Curly maple lid top, curly maple box, finger joint joinery #woodchatyfrog.com/gyxrcllvj

@Tumblewood Guys, I’ll start a list of blogs over on Woodchat G+. I’ve been trying to find workers to bring to everyone’s attention.#woodchat

@asliceofwood @Tumblewood your welcome #woodchat

@asliceofwood @Wood_Jedi you need more live shop cam time #woodchat

@WoodworkGuy @ChrisHasFlair I have some EvapoRust for my vintage Disston Saws, but haven’t had time to clean them up. Thanks for warning. #woodchat

@FlairWoodworks Why does EvapoRust leave this pattern behind? How do I remove it? #woodchatpic.twitter.com/9NoFiRIT

@JC_McGrath @Tumblewood hey Vic! Dude, you are cooking on bench, coming along so good! Awesome!@ChrisHasFlair thanks, hope so! #woodchat

@Tumblewood @JustSqEnough Thanks, David..it’s a big challenge for me, so I’m having a lot of fun. #woodchat

@JimAAshley Evening everyone! #woodchat

@ChrisHasFlair @Tumblewood I have a list on a G+ thread from a couple months ago. I’ll try to dig it up later after #woodchat

@Tumblewood @asliceofwood Who does? I’ve got the cam up now. #woodchat

@Tumblewood @JimAAshley Hey Jim. #woodchat

@ChrisHasFlair @JimAAshley Hi Jim! #woodchat

@Wood_Jedi @asliceofwood I know i do. I just bought a new shop cam and am making the lighting..then the live shop cam will be streaming a lot #woodchat

@Tumblewood @ChrisHasFlair I know that Al Navas has an exhaustive list. #woodchat

@sharpendwood Too busy to really participate but hello to everyone in #woodchat

@Wood_Jedi @Tumblewood @asliceofwood was telling me I do..lol.. #woodchat

@Wood_Jedi Hello @sharpendwood #woodchat

@asliceofwood @Wood_Jedi I need to run electricity in my shop. Really need some good lighting. #woodchat

@benjamenjohnson @ChrisHasFlair I remember that post! I still haven’t recovered from the fire hose of info. #woodchat

@Tumblewood @ChrisHasFlair Thank you, sir!.#woodchat

@MansFineFurn @ChrisHasFlair yes sometimes don’t leave it on/in too long #woodchat

@ChrisHasFlair @Tumblewood Why don’t you add your blog to that list? #woodchat

@Wood_Jedi @asliceofwood I am making all my softbox lighting for the shop cam and videos #woodchat

@ChrisHasFlair Oh, did I leave it on too long? RT@MansFineFurn: @ChrisHasFlair yes sometimes don’t leave it on/in too long#woodchat

@Tumblewood @ChrisHasFlair I will. #woodchat

@ChrisHasFlair @MansFineFurn Any recommendations to get it off? Not that it really matters…#woodchat

@Wood_Jedi @ascliceofwood I want to get the shop lighting done before I have to start this boat remodel for a client. #woodchat

@Tumblewood Question for all: Is a live (G+ hangout) of any interest y’all? I’ll work harder on it if it is. But, only so much time..so..??#woodchat

@asliceofwood @Wood_Jedi I’m sure that would help. I have a little shop light I use right now. It is pittyful. #woodchat

@pickettfurnitur That’s what she said @ChrisHasFlair Any recommendations to get it off? Not that it really matters… #woodchat

@benjamenjohnson @asliceofwoodhackaday.com/2011/06/04/sho¦#woodchat

@ChrisHasFlair It looks artistic. Perhaps I’ll just treat the rest of the plane’s sole the same way.pic.twitter.com/cIwqbF9N #woodchat

@Wood_Jedi @Tumblewood whats this G+ blog you are talking about? are you looking for sites to link too? #woodchat

@WoodworkGuy @Tumblewood a live G+ would work for me #woodchat

@DyamiPlotke @JustSqEnough I do #woodchat from my phone (Droid X) most weeks. Set a dedicated column in tweetdeck.

@ChrisHasFlair @benjamenjohnson Ha ha 🙂 #woodchat

@Tumblewood @Wood_Jedi do you need to run all new electric? #woodchat

@Wood_Jedi @asliceofwood, it cant be as small as mine brother..lol. I am adding an addition onto it in the next month #woodchat

@ChrisHasFlair @Tumblewood I like it here. We don’t have to wait to speak. #woodchat

@asliceofwood @benjamenjohnson Thanks I will have to check it out #woodchat

@asliceofwood @Wood_Jedi wanna bet your ts on it? haha #woodchat

@Wood_Jedi @Tumblewood, no not me.. I think@asliceofwood was saying he needed to#woodchat

@JustSqEnough @DyamiPlotke i’m using tweet chat just to not have to type the tag each time#woodchat

@benjamenjohnson @asliceofwood I’m really happy, brighter, no flicker, and instant on. #woodchat

@Tumblewood What I was thinking is that via a hang out, we could do demonstrations/shop tours/etc. Most would be in a chat#woodchat

@Wood_Jedi @Tumblewood, my shop is fully wired, I was talking bout building new studio lighting softboxes for my videos and streaming cam #woodchat

@JustSqEnough @DyamiPlotke working so far #woodchat

@ChrisHasFlair @Tumblewood That could be cool. Is lag an issue with more people in a hangout?#woodchat

@DyamiPlotke @JustSqEnough I got a wee bit of shop time prior 2 tonight & banged out these quick & dirty Lego tables #woodchattwitpic.com/7zzwee

@asliceofwood @Tumblewood yeah I do. I have a seperate 16×16 shed and have to main wire running back to the house, just need to hook it up. #woodchat

@DyamiPlotke @JC_McGrath thanks, Jon.enjoy your shop time. #woodchat

@Wood_Jedi @asliceofwood ..not my tablesaw..lol Ill bet you a winebottle balancer on it..lol#woodchat

@Tumblewood @Wood_Jedi oh cool! I’ll have to see what you do. #woodchat

@asliceofwood @benjamenjohnson no warming up of the lights? #woodchat

@benjamenjohnson @DyamiPlotke I’m installing tweetdeck on my android tablet as we speak to check it out #woodchat

@asliceofwood @Wood_Jedi haha #woodchat

@JimAAshley @Tumblewood Sounds like a good idea, not sure how many simultaneous video connections G+ allows (?) #woodchat

@Tumblewood @DyamiPlotke Ain’t it cool to know how to knock something out!? #woodchat

@dbwolverinefan First time in here. Evening all. #woodchat

@Wood_Jedi @asliceofwood I win, ill give you my address to ship the balancer… 10×16 here ..lol #woodchat

@WoodworkGuy @dbwolverinefan welcome to #woodchat

@DyamiPlotke RT @Tumblewood I’ll start a list of blogs over on Woodchat G+ Been trying 2 find workers 2 bring 2 everyone’s attention#woodchat Twitter, there is an option to “Auto include hashtags when replying” #woodchat

@woodbard @Tumblewood Mee too – dunt wurry, b hoppy 🙂 #woodchat

@BillGriggs Ipad2. no tools. #Woodchat

@WoodworkGuy Holiday was nice, but work is a real pain now. Piling on work the last 2 weeks – and could have a “headcount reduction” by 12/31 #woodchat

@ChrisHasFlair @asliceofwood See you around, Tim.#woodchat

@Tumblewood If you didn’t see it on Woodchat G+..This lady if phenomenally talentedandiwolfe.blogspot.com #woodchat

@WoodworkGuy Take care @asliceofwood #woodchat

@pickettfurnitur Signing off #woodchat Follow me and I’ll follow back. Good night!

@woodbard @Tumblewood G’nite everyone, and Happy New Year – may 2012 bring ONLY the best to all, and to your loved ones!#woodchat

@Tumblewood On G+ Direct me to people whom you are impressed with their work. I’d like to highlight them #woodchat

@WoodworkGuy @woodbard Take care Al! #woodchat

@ChrisHasFlair @woodbard Goodnight, Al. Catch you in the New Year! #woodchat

@Tumblewood @woodbard Goodnight Al #woodchat

@Tumblewood @woodbard Let’s talk sometime next week, Al #woodchat

@BillGriggs I am planning to make a box from Cherry, looking for finishing ideas. #Woodchat

@ChrisHasFlair @Tumblewood That @FlairWoodworksguy does some interesting stuff :)#woodchat

@Wood_Jedi By the way, Happy New Year to you all!!!! in case i dont run into you before then#woodchat

@woodbard @Tumblewood I’ll be ready, Vic. Let me know a bit ahead of time. Working on book, and daily hangouts for interpreting work. #woodchat

@TomsWorkbench Oh, boy, here I am… #woodchat

@ChrisHasFlair RT @Wood_Jedi: By the way, Happy New Year to you all!!!! in case i don’t run into you before then #woodchat

@Tumblewood @ChrisHasFlair I need to catch up with you, too Chris. When you have a few minutes in the evening #woodchat

@ChrisHasFlair @TomsWorkbench Hi Tom. Eight minutes… make ’em count! #woodchat

@TomsWorkbench What a crazy couple of days of family stuff.. OY! More tomorrow #woodchat

@Tumblewood @ChrisHasFlair Haha!! Yes, he does!#woodchat

@ChrisHasFlair @Tumblewood Tonight, or another night?#Canucks game at 7:30… #woodchat

@WoodworkGuy @TomsWorkbench Hey Tom! #woodchat

@Tumblewood @woodbard I’ll try to send you a message via Twitter during the day for that evening#woodchat

@TomsWorkbench Did y’all see how I fouled up my cope and stick cuts? Classic bonehead….#woodchat

@woodbard @Tumblewood Cool – see you soon, Vic. Happy New Year!!! #woodchat

@benjamenjohnson @BillGriggs #woodchat I like tung oil but you have to reapply every once ina while. Ive heard good things about danish oil

@WoodworkGuy @TomsWorkbench what you get when you “monkey” around… #woodchat

@ChrisHasFlair @TomsWorkbench I’ve seen that before. I teach a seminar on cope and stick.#woodchat

@Tumblewood @TomsWorkbench BUDDY!!! YOU MADE HIT!!! Now I’m ready for the new year! #woodchat

@TomsWorkbench I MAY get some time in the shop tomorrow or Friday…. I hope… #woodchat

@Tumblewood @TomsWorkbench Anything like your DTs ….ducking #woodchat

@Tumblewood @woodbard To you and Sandy, too!#woodchat

@TomsWorkbench I got a few minutes here, Vic. :-)#woodchat

@JimAAshley @TomsWorkbench hey Tom! #woodchat

@TomsWorkbench Oh, Vic, my DT’s are awesome… the ones I cut with the Keller jig! #woodchat

@BillGriggs @benjamenjohnson I was thinking of trying, GOOD STUFF for the finish.#Woodchat

@TomsWorkbench JIM!!!! #woodchat

@Wood_Jedi @asliceofwood i feel bad it wasnt@DyamiPlotke IT WAS@TomsWorkbench who got me on the bad list so i didnt get my lathe!! LOL#woodchat

@Tumblewood @TomsWorkbench I need to get John Funk to figure out how to do a thumbs up emoticon! #woodchat

@ChrisHasFlair Y’know, since I met @TomsWorkbenchat WIA, I read his posts with more enthusiasm. #woodchat

@JimAAshley @asliceofwood happy new year!#woodchat

@TomsWorkbench @Wood_Jedi Woah.. @IggyMonkey got you on the naughty list! #woodchat

@TomsWorkbench @ChrisHasFlair Gosh, thanks! I hope you like ’em… #woodchat

@Wood_Jedi @TomsWorkbench…YEP he sure did!! I got socks for Christmas..No lathe in sight on that Christmas eve night!! #woodchat

@JimAAshley @woodbard Happy New Year Al.#woodchat

@ChrisHasFlair @TomsWorkbench I do enjoy your writing. Your polls are interesting too, but I should go back and check the results later. #woodchat

@TomsWorkbench @Wood_Jedi Stupid @IggyMonkey#woodchat

@benjamenjohnson @BillGriggs Havent seen that before. Let us know how it turns out #woodchat

@MansFineFurn #woodchat @benjamenjohnson@BillGriggs tung oil ‘finish’ (has the varnish mixed in) doesn’t need to be reapplied like raw tung.

@Wood_Jedi @Tumblewood you should do something woodworking related for the emoticon..lol#woodchat

@ChrisHasFlair @Wood_Jedi Tracksaw: ___@____#woodchat

@TomsWorkbench @ChrisHasFlair You are always welcome. 🙂 You do very good work, Chris. #woodchat

@BillGriggs @benjamenjohnson I got it from the local hardwood mill. He swears by it.#Woodchat

@MansFineFurn #woodchat @BillGriggs check@theboisshop ‘s site, does a lot in cherry w/ a BLO-wax finish, I mix varnish in to build after the initial BLO

@TomsWorkbench OK, folks, I’m ready to hit the hay… Late nights and lots of family this week is wearing me out! #woodchat

@benjamenjohnson @MansFineFurn that hasnt been my experience with the tung oil mixes. it still gets dull over time #woodchat

@WoodworkGuy @TomsWorkbench Take care Tom.#woodchat

@ChrisHasFlair @TomsWorkbench See ya Tom!#woodchat

@BillGriggs @MansFineFurn Thanks for the tip & link.#Woodchat

@MansFineFurn @benjamenjohnson may depend on the varnish content of the mix. you can always overcoat it with shellac/poly/whatever #woodchat

@benjamenjohnson @ChrisHasFlair Nice tracsawicon!#woodchat

@Wood_Jedi Ive said it once, Ill say it again, then ill shut up… be sure to check out the Shop Talk woodworking forum bit.ly/w2vzz4#woodchat

@JimAAshley Have a good night folks! Happy New Year to everyone! #woodchat

@Wood_Jedi Night @TomsWorkbench #woodchat

@Wood_Jedi Night @JimAAshley Happy New Year#woodchat

@DyamiPlotke @asliceofwood then get to it. It’ll be well worth it. #woodchat

@DyamiPlotke @benjamenjohnson glad to hear it.#woodchat

@benjamenjohnson @MansFineFurn overcoating kind of defeats the purpose 🙂 Im liking wipe on urethane lately,maybe illtry that#woodchat

@Wood_Jedi @BillGriggs if you are here, thanks for following!! #woodchat

@DyamiPlotke @woodbard desktop tweetdeck or tweetdeck for Android? #woodchat

@benjamenjohnson #woodchat See you next year! Time to sign off.

@BillGriggs @Wood_Jedi Your welcome #Woodchat

@WoodworkGuy @benjamenjohnson take care. Happy new year to you and yours. #woodchat

@ChrisHasFlair Hope you guys have a good night and a happy New Years if I don’t talk to you before. I’ll be around, but focused on the shop. #woodchat

@WoodworkGuy @ChrisHasFlair same to you Chris.#woodchat

@MansFineFurn @benjamenjohnson I did the tung finish then wipe poly on the crib bit.ly/qEmaB7. oil 4 depth/pop figure, poly to protect#woodchat

@Wood_Jedi @ChrisHasFlair Goodnight, Happy New Year!! #woodchat

@uppercutwood1 @Tumblewood feeling a little better. Wifey sick now. In Crescent Bar.#woodchat

@DyamiPlotke @woodbard I’ll have to try that out. I do 90% of my tweeting by phone. #woodchat

@Tumblewood @TomsWorkbench Did you catch my bench progress, Tom!? #woodchat

@DyamiPlotke Goodnight #woodchat the insulation is calling.

@Tumblewood1 @DyamiPlotke I’m beat tonight. Stayed up too late writing. #woodchat

@Wood_Jedi @MansFineFurn, Did you guys see the Desktop Easel I made finished it with Tung Oil asimpledesignofocala.com#woodchat

@Tumblewood @uppercutwood I’ll send you the transcript, Matt. #woodchat

@Tumblewood @Wood_Jedi Yes..I still haven’t shown it to my wife. #woodchat

@WoodworkGuy @MansFineFurn you too, Nick.#woodchat

@mikeputnam @BillGriggs can you do inlays? mother of pearl apple logo? #Woodchat

@BillGriggs @Wood_Jedi Thanks Laney. #Woodchat

@Wood_Jedi @JimAAshley, my Christmas was very nice #woodchat

@Tumblewood @Wood_Jedi This is what I love to use.#woodchat

@MansFineFurn @Wood_Jedi Y, I like the tung oil finish with wax on top too, lately blending my own BLO/Varnish mix, then waxing#woodchat. Came out nice!

@Tumblewood @Wood_Jedi Sorry..link didn’t postsutherlandwelles.com/products/tung-¦#woodchat

@Wood_Jedi @Tumblewood Id like to put a link to your blog on my website if you’re interested I have @WoodWhisperer and@MereMortalWW on there #woodchat

@BillGriggs @mikeputnam My software will do inlays. I haven,t done any yet though. It,s on my list. #Woodchat

@Wood_Jedi @Tumblewood, I like the rich Lusture of a Tung oil finish #woodchat

@Wood_Jedi @Tumblewood I just got the link.. Polymerized Tung Oil, definitely going to check that out!! #woodchat

@MansFineFurn @Tumblewood @Wood_Jedi where do you get the sutherlands? #woodchat

@BillGriggs @mikeputnam what did youhave inmind?#Woodchat

@MansFineFurn @MansFineFurn: @Tumblewood @Wood_Jedi where do you get the sutherlands? #woodchat
@Wood_Jedi Im sure you can order it from their website @MansFineFurnsutherlandwelles.com/products/tung-¦#woodchat

@MansFineFurn @Tumblewood @Wood_Jedi I’m sure, they’re not an existing supplier. & Lee Valley doesn’t have it, despite Sutherland’s saying so #woodchat

@MansFineFurn ok, goodnight for real this time…#woodchat

Organized Finishing Shelf

Winter Shop Cleanup: Finishing Products I Keep On Hand

During #Woodchat Wednesday last week we talked a lot about what you can do with just a little shop time. Sometimes you get just a little shop time after dinner, or sometimes you’re in the shop all day waiting for glue or finish to dry and you have a short amount of time where you could be productive instead of sitting on your thumbs.

Saturday I had some time while waiting for a finish to dry so I organized my shelf of finishes.

Organized Finishing Shelf

Organized Finishing Shelf

Finishing Products I Keep On Hand

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On the far left in the back I have gallons of Denatured Alcohol and Mineral Spirits. In front of those I have my Enduro Var. In the center back, I have a collection of General Finishes Water Borne Dye Stain which is now my favorite way to add color to wood. With a fine mist you can tint, tone, and because these are compatible with Transtint Dyes you can make your own custom color.

In front of those you can see the finishing bottles I bought from Eagle America. These are great for keeping shop chemicals handy when using them in small amounts. They help a clumsy guy like me prevent spills too so I have some extras on hand in the back. They keep me from dunking dirty rags into full cans, and from the lids of my cans getting ratty.

Furniture wax and Renaissance Wax which is a microcrystalline polishing wax and is great for tools and furniture. I’ve used this with a power buffer before to bring up a shine on a glossy desktop.

I have a few Transtint Dyes which I keep on hand and really like because they are completely compatible with the General Finishes Water Borne Dye Stain. I mix these into alcohol when I’m using them solo.

On the far right I have rattle cans of Shellac and Lacquer, and quarts of Danish Oil, Boiled Linseed Oil, and Minwax Wipe On Poly which is a good wiping varnish right out of the can. You can make your own wiping varnish, but why bother when  Fine Woodworking rated the Minwax very highly.

Considerations When Organizing Your Finishes and Chemicals

  1. Safety: wear gloves and eye protection.
  2. Expiration: Many products have a shelf life, if your finish is past its shelf life, don’t use it.
  3. Mixing: don’t mix a product from one can into the other. The formulation may have changed, or the expiration dates may vary.
  4. Disposal: if you’re going to dispose of any finishes or chemicals, do so responsibly.
  5. Replacement: because of expiration dates don’t replace a supply unless you’ll need it in the near future.
  6. Storage: ideally my chemicals would be stored in a metal locker that is more suitable.

Other Finishing Supplies I Keep on Hand

This just covers the items that are on my chemical shelf, and doesn’t cover the Preval gun or the Timbermate wood filler. I keep a lot of other supplies in the shop that are related to finishing:

  • Wooden stir sticks bought at a craft store. These are essentially tongue depressors but are great for stirring chemicals or mixing up epoxy.
  • Small paper cups bought at a grocery store. These are wax free cups and are great for removing small amounts of chemicals from a can, or for mixing up epoxy.
  • Rags from the paint store. These are essential for any wipe on finish like the Minwax Wipe On Poly, and are also used for buffing wax. They can also be used for shellac, dye, and stain.
  • Respirator stored in a gallon zip bag to keep it clean. I wear this consistently (now) and I’m glad I do.
  • Spray gun tips, cleaning supplies, extra cups and finish filters.
  • Paper towels to clean up spills. Dispose of all rags properly.
  • Gloves to keep hands clean and protected.

Tip: when putting the lid back on a can, cover with a paper towel before tapping closed, this will catch any splatters.

Organizing the shelf took longer than writing this blog post. I’m really glad I took the time to go through the supplies on my shelf and get things organized. This freed up half a shelf which I now use to store my spray gun and related accessories in a sealed bin. I hope you see that in little bits of time you can get things accomplished and be productive in the shop.

After seeing my clean shelf and all the great products on hand I was inspired to do some finishing on a small gift project.