Well, I’ve been doing a couple of things actually. First, I have been trying to find a local source for mahogany without success. Don’t get me wrong, we have mahogany in central Alabama, but not much of it. I also have been adding stain to my built-in project. In the photo above, I have pulled out various leftover cans of stain and I went through several of them testing stain color on some scrap oak. The bathroom where the built-in will reside has a oak vanity which I made a number of years ago. Problem is, I can’t remember the stain color. After testing, I determined that Puritan Pine is the color I need.
During the week, I started applying stain to the inside of the top section. I got a coat on the back and both sides of the shelves when I started to run out of stain. And guess what? Puritan Pine is no longer available at both Lowes and the Home Depot. It is not even listed on the sample color pamphlet in these stores. Dang! I already have part of my project stained and I run out of it!!!
As I drove home Wednesday, I remembered an old hardware store, Bluff Park Hardware – and since they are a “Mom and Pop” store, they don’t just throw away old inventory. They not only had a can of Puritan Pine; they had three of them. So I am in good shape on this project, but this was a real scare for sure.
To apply the stain, I get some throw away chip brushes, brush on the stain, and with an old t-shirt, I wipe the excess off and let it dry. And then I put a box fan on the whole thing because the stain stinks something fierce. I am going to once again look into aniline dyes for my next project just because of the stench from oil based stains.
In the coming week, I will begin applying the wipe on polyurethane. And, I will hopefully get to work on the TV console project.
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