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Craftsman Wood Finishes

I work mostly in traditional furniture woods, in particular white oak, mahogany and cherry. I usually add color, employing Homestead Transtint dyes, which are simply the best wood colorants I've ever tried. Because cherry and mahogany become darker and richer with age, I prefer not to darken those woods greatly at the outset. My varnish of choice is Oxford Ultima. I use Liberon Black Bison brand waxes as a lubricant during the final rub out.

Cherry
Mahogany
Far Left: Cherry
Left: Mahogany

Dark Oak
Medium Oak
Far Left: Oak in Dark Mission Brown
Left: Oak in Medium Brown

These colors are only approximations. Damn it, Jim, I'm a woodworker, not an I.T. guy. If you would like one of my pieces in a wood or finish not shown in these pages, give me a call or drop me an e-mail. Als ik kan, I'm willing to accommodate.


Taking Care of your SDMW Furnishings

Wood Care Graphic


Wood. I finish most of my line with Homestead Transtint dyes and Oxford Ultima Varnish. Transtint dyes are highly lightfast, but all dyes will fade in direct sunlight. SDMW products should not be left outside or for prolonged periods in direct sunlight indoors.

Woods should be dusted with a soft cloth or other gentle duster. I use Liberon pigmented wax (usually Victorian Mahogany) as a lubricant during the final rub-out. Because repeated or heavy cleaning, particularly with a cleaner containing solvents, may remove the residual wax, an application of pigmented paste wax may occasionally be called for. The color of the wax isn’t crucial, but because unpigmented wax dries white, a dark wax will look best on dark woods.

Brass. I use Birchwood-Casey M-20 antiquing solution to patinate the brass parts of my lamps. They should continue to darken somewhat with age. Occasional dusting is all that they need.

Leather. The leather in my trays has been oiled with Lexol and coated with Liberon wax. (You might notice a scent from the wax. It should only last a few days.)

I would recommend oiling and waxing the leather from time to time. Start with Lexol And follow with a good paste wax. Again, because untinted wax dries white, it’s a good idea to use a dark-colored wax on dark finishes.



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Lamps         
Trays, Picture Frames         
Woods and Finishes         
          Octagonal Tables, Chair, Plant Stand
          Wastepaper Baskets, Magazine Rack
          About SDMW
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