I have come to an anxious time in this project – time to apply stain and see if I prepared the wood properly. This is both fun and a little stressful. I have my stain picked out; Minwax Golden Oak. My finish is Minwax satin wipe-on polyurethane and it is time to get started…
The non-visible parts of my projects.
I know that some woodworkers put a lot of effort towards making the non-visible parts of their furniture look as good as the parts that are visible. Not me. I once saw an article on how some early American antiques – very prized, high style, highly carved museum pieces had somewhat sloppy looking backs and poor looking interior parts to them. These craftsmen simply put all their attention to the parts of their furniture that people would actually see.
Now, I don’t want my projects to look sloppy, but I don’t put a lot of effort in making non-visible parts of my projects look great. I want them to look good though. I will simply paint the undersides of the top and the lower shelf.
After the paint, I need make the clips to attach the top and shelf and then I’ll be through!
UPDATE 10/23/11: If you are interested in staining pine, cherry or maple, consider a pre-stain conditioner to help even out the color. See my review of Charles Neil’s Pre-Stain Conditioner by clicking here.
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