PEN­E­TRAT­ING OIL-BASE STAIN

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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

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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.

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