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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. :thumbup1gif:

I can't offer any advice on the finish so I'll just wait and see what you choose.
 

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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!!
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.

That looks real nice!

Great job. :thumbup1gif:

I can't offer any advice on the finish so I'll just wait and see what you choose.
Thanks!
 

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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.

Thanks . . . Marlin :cowboy:
 

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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!! :laugh:

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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Nice work. What kind of wood is it?
Tung oil or Danish oil are good choices for a finish.
Thanks, it's red oak from the big box store. I did find a local hardwood lumber yard and picked up some wood for my next project from there already.
 

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Very nice tray and stand. :bigthumb: Can't help on finish ,for me I always seem to mess that part up. :dunno:
 
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I'm like those other guys, jealous of you guys that have those skills. Very nice work!
 

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I’d finish that with tung oil. Waterlox is nice stuff.

I’ve used it on furniture and floors. Easy to apply and looks great.


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Thanks, it's red oak from the big box store. I did find a local hardwood lumber yard and picked up some wood for my next project from there already.
I could not tell from the pictures what kind of wood it is. Red Oak makes for a little more work when using oil as the finish. This is because the oil gets in the pours when it is wiped on. The oil will then bleed out of the pours over a period of time & must be kept wiped off. If the oil that bleeds out of the pores is not kept wiped off, it will dry, resulting in a rough speckled finish.
 

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I could not tell from the pictures what kind of wood it is. Red Oak makes for a little more work when using oil as the finish. This is because the oil gets in the pours when it is wiped on. The oil will then bleed out of the pours over a period of time & must be kept wiped off. If the oil that bleeds out of the pores is not kept wiped off, it will dry, resulting in a rough speckled finish.
Waterlox solves this.


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