PENETRATING OIL-BASE STAIN
The longer this oil-base stain sits on the wood— between fifive five and 15 minutes—the deeper it will penetrate and the richer the color will be. To further darken the color, apply a second coat after four to six hours. Do not sand between coats. Minwax Wood Finish Penetrating Stain in Dark Walnut, $8; minwax.com for retailers
(available for purchase at lowes.com)
WINE RACK Leather, wood, and metal converge on this industrial-inspired wine rack, opposite and above. Cut a 1×8 oak board to 36 inches, and sand all sides with 220-grit sandpaper. Brush on oil-base stain, wiping away excess with a cloth. After fully dry, coat with a clear finish. Trim leather into eight 2×12-inch straps to form loops. Using a rotary punch, create holes at each end. Determine placement, and drill pilot holes in the board using a bit that’s the same width as the rivet shank. Secure leather loops using heavy-duty steel rivets that have 3/4-inch posts. Hang with a French cleat. CUTTING BOARD A beautiful walnut butcher-block slab becomes a custom cutting board with a little elbow grease, below and opposite. Using a jigsaw, cut butcher block into your desired shape. We landed on a 20-inch-diameter circle with a handle. To add a handy leather hanging loop, drill a hole in the handle using a hole saw. Sand the entire piece thoroughly, starting with medium-grit sandpaper and ending with fine-grit sandpaper. To enhance the grain and moisturize the wood, apply food-grade cutting board oil and cream.
NESTING TABLES A trio of handmade tables gets an upscale look with a creative stain treatment, this page. Using a jigsaw, cut 1-inch-thick Baltic birch plywood into three perfect circles with the following diameters: 18,
21, and 24 inches. Sand tabletop edges, then dampen the wood with water. Open the grain by running a steel brush over the surface in the direction of the grain; remove dust. Working against the grain, apply three coats of black wood-grain enhancer to two of the tabletops and three coats of white enhancer to the third, allowing drying time between each coat. Wipe away excess. After the stain has fully dried, mix 2 parts water and 1 part white latex paint, and wipe on the whitewash mixture with a cloth. Brush black or white latex paint on the edge of each tabletop. After the paint has cured, spray on a clear matte sealant. To complete each table, install mounting plates and three table legs to the undersides.
FOR RESOURCES SEE PAGE 108.
TO SET RIVETS, USE A HAMMER AND AN INEXPENSIVE ANVIL AND SETTING TOOL,WHICH CAN BE PURCHASED FROM A LEATHER SUPPLIER.