Those of you who know me, know that I can be a bit of a practical joker. Well the last one bit me in the hind quarters. Suffice it to say that a crank call to an old friend and colleague resulted in a job offer that I could not refuse. So on May 6th I came out of retirement and went back to work, with a "very flexible" schedule.
In a previous post I mentioned I was able to get the dye stain on the king size bed before leaving town. After being gone for two weeks I returned to the shop to apply the brown mahogany stain. I applied said stain, allowed it to sit and then wipe off the excess, as per the instructions. Much to my dismay it looked nothing like the sample board made with the exact same dye and stain. It had a much redder appearance. See post title for the family friendly version of my reaction. I spent the next 2 1/2 hours with a maroon pad and water (water based stain) stripping off the newly applied stain.
It was upon the completion of the aforementioned stripping I swore (and I mean I swore) off all woodworking except for building chairs. It was obvious to my wonderful wife that I was in need of an intervention. She quickly appeared at the shop door with an icy cold Land Shark and talked me off the the headboard ledge. Two days later, an appropriate cooling off period and time to allow everything to dry completely, I was ready to attack staining again.
This time I stained a small area and immediately wiped off the excess. The results were so close to the sample I deemed it a success. After allowing the stain to dry for 24 hours, it has been quite humid here in Kentucky, I sealed it with wax free shellac. Later today or tomorrow, I will go over the entire piece with a very fine pad and apply a thin coat of satin poly. I did this with the sample board and the results were a semi-gloss sheen that Carol and I like.
I did say a few weeks back that the subjects of future posts might be a bit different. Working out of town quite a bit will keep me away from my shop more than I would like. After many a conversation with my brother-in-law Rick, I offered to help him finish setting up his shop in the evening after work. As a result, I will have access to a "Satellite Shop" while I am away from home. Rick is a very talented individual and artist who is not afraid to try anything. I look forward to working in Rick's shop. A hint of what the future may hold is pictured below. By the way this is the result of one of those conversations.
~ Ray Schwanenberger