Wood: Figured Maple and Walnut
Finish: Minwax Wipe-On Polyurethane
Comments: The table has a quilted maple veneered top and aprons with black walnut for legs and trim.
Reproduction of Antique Secretary
Wood: English Walnut
Finish: Benite, gel polyurethane, wax
Comments: Desk is a reproduction of a craftsman-style secretary, probably from the mid-1800s. The wood was donated to the NCWA by Jake Straus, which Cec won in a raffle.
Finish: Deft Danish Oil
Comments: I made the chair using plans I purchased from a highly successful chair maker named Hal Taylor. I found him on the Internet after searching for “rocking chair plans”. I started the chair on the 30th of January, 2006 and completed it about the 10th of April. A major part of the construction time involved gaining an understanding of just what was detailed in the plans and in building the jigs required for the various processes. The processes require great care in execution but no skills beyond that of most of our woodworkers. Hal Taylor recommends the finish and tells you how to prepare the wood. It involved using 220 and then 320 grit sandpaper and then Abralon pads (which I was previously unfamiliar with) used on an orbital sander to burnish the surface to a shine. You then remove all traces of dust by blowing the surface clean with compressed air (outside), wetting the surface with the Danish oil for 30 minutes, and then wiping it totally dry with paper towels. The process is repeated a week later.