The wood that we cut into boards is now dry and ready to be worked. Chris opted to send it to a local mill rather than planing it himself. Well worth it! Cost only $100 to get a truck load of wood planed smooth. And given that about half of it was ash (a super hard wood), we probably saved nearly that much in blades. Okay, not that bad, but it was still worth it.
Next we finalized the design of the sink cabinet and Chris got to work building.
|Cherry facia on a plywood carcass|
|Good weather for building|
I kept busy nearby so that I'd be on hand if he needed, well, a hand. I'm spray-painting a set of old sewing table legs. They were heavily rusted so I had to do a bit of scrubbing with the wire brush and steel wool first, but they cleaned up great. Not positive how I'm going to use them yet, but they look cool in the meantime.
|For a future project - kitchen shelves maybe?|
This is an ash board (same wood as I'm going to use for the countertops). Far right is just oil, no stain. Then, moving left, 3-day aged stain with 1 coat then 2; 5-day aged stain, 1 coat then 2; and 7-day aged stain. The stain got more red the longer it sat in solution. I really liked the more black stain so a 3-day solution it would be.
|Out with the old...|
|Unfinished ash counter|
|Aged stain - 10 days on left, 3 days on right|
|Not nervous at all|
|Cooper helpful as always|
|There is an initial coat of stain on this. Honest.|
|And the second coat|
Remember how I liked the black stain best? And how we therefore very carefully timed the solution to match? Yeah. This isn't black.
|Applying oil to seal|
It actually looks a bit like walnut once it's oiled, so not really a bad thing. Just surprising given all the testing we did.
Am I worried? No. There are black areas and we've decided to let the next batch of stain age 5 days to purposely get a more red result just to try for some level of consistency. But really, it's hard to argue with what the wood wants to do. We'll just accept that nature sometimes throws you a curveball and move along.
I'll have another post soon on the finished sink area and plans for turning the corner to the stove.