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    Butler's Tray

    Here's something that I made for our guest room. It's a place to hold your pocket stuff, or whatever as well as hang some clothes and whatnot. The tray is removable and located by dowels. When I stay in a hotel, I grab the coffee tray and flip it upside down to put my laptop on, so this could be used like that. I'm looking for suggestions for a finish. I like boiled linseed oil, but it's a little smelly and I don't want it soaking into clothes if they are hung on here. Any ideas?

    It's not perfect, but I'll get better with practice.

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    That turned out really sharp and will be a very practical piece of fine furniture!

    I like linseed oil on reclaimed wood. I built some interior doors from old barn wood and that finish worked really well to bring back the natural beauty. I agree that for something like this the linseed oil is going to transfer for a little bit. I've had good luck with danish oil and used to watch a show years ago where this fellow would build high end furniture out of exotic hardwooods and he always used Tung Oil. Both should be available at your local box or hardware store.

    Awesome job!!
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    That looks real nice!

    Great job.

    I can't offer any advice on the finish so I'll just wait and see what you choose.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JD322 View Post
    That turned out really sharp and will be a very practical piece of fine furniture!

    I like linseed oil on reclaimed wood. I built some interior doors from old barn wood and that finish worked really well to bring back the natural beauty. I agree that for something like this the linseed oil is going to transfer for a little bit. I've had good luck with danish oil and used to watch a show years ago where this fellow would build high end furniture out of exotic hardwooods and he always used Tung Oil. Both should be available at your local box or hardware store.

    Awesome job!!
    Thanks. I didn't glue the dowels in, so I my just leave them unfinished and do the rest. I've wanted to try Tung oil, may give that a go.

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    That looks real nice!

    Great job.

    I can't offer any advice on the finish so I'll just wait and see what you choose.
    Thanks!
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    Great work. Wish I could give suggestions on the finish, but I don't have experience using oils.
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    Very nice, I like your work. I do a little of this and that but no where near the quality I see in your builds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bubber View Post
    Here's something that I made for our guest room. It's a place to hold your pocket stuff, or whatever as well as hang some clothes and whatnot. The tray is removable and located by dowels. When I stay in a hotel, I grab the coffee tray and flip it upside down to put my laptop on, so this could be used like that. I'm looking for suggestions for a finish. I like boiled linseed oil, but it's a little smelly and I don't want it soaking into clothes if they are hung on here. Any ideas?

    It's not perfect, but I'll get better with practice.


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    I can't give you any advice on the finish, but I will say this - I'm pretty impressed with the how nice that butler's tray is given that you apparently made it with the (orange) wood working tools on the floor of your shop!!

    Just kidding, of course! I'm jealous of you guys that have those skills!!
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    Very nice work. I can't offer any help on the finish either. I'm very envious of you guys who have the talent to build something like that.
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    I'll second the tung oil!
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    Nice work. What kind of wood is it?
    Tung oil or Danish oil are good choices for a finish.
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