Hi: I am planning on making an entertainment similar to salamander design archetype. Following link has a picture. http://www.salamanderdesigns.com/arc.../gal_audio.jsp Can anyone suggest what would be the best black color or polish for the wood to get the same look and feel? I would be using this against projector, so I am not looking for very glossy finish for the wood. Also, how can I make a wood real smooth? Are there any products available (putty or color) or just a good old sand paper and keep on rubbing till your hands are tired? Also, in Home Depot they have threaded rods but these rods are shiny aluminum rod. How can I make it a dull black/rusty looking? Any help appreciated.