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#1 of 36 OFFLINE   Ronnie Ferrell

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Posted November 01 2003 - 10:19 AM

This will probably the only finished picture I'll post of my sub because this is how I want to remember it. I had to stain it dark walnut to satisfy SWMBO. I am not liking the look of it dark one bit. I am not finished with the stain but so far I think it sucks! Posted Image

Anyway, it sure was purdy in its all natural state! A couple coats of tung oil and this thing would have really popped! Take a gander!

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#2 of 36 OFFLINE   Shade Watson

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Posted November 01 2003 - 10:29 AM

I think it looks outstanding!

#3 of 36 OFFLINE   Hank Frankenberg

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Posted November 01 2003 - 10:44 AM

Ronnie, congratulations on a fine job. Bask in the self-accomplishment - you deserve it! I'm sorry you had to stain it, expecially a dark stain. I HATE STAIN, always have, always will.
I know SAF and WAF, but what's SWMBO?

#4 of 36 OFFLINE   Brian Bunge

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Posted November 01 2003 - 10:59 AM

Ronnie,

Looks awesome man! Too bad you have to stain it, but it might not be too awful. I guess we'll see huh?

Hank,

SWMBO=She Who Must Be Obeyed

Took me a couple of minutes to figure it out!Posted Image


BTW, I should have pics of a 5 speaker and subwoofer system in natural walnut in a week or so. Posted Image
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#5 of 36 OFFLINE   Ronnie Ferrell

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Posted November 01 2003 - 11:56 AM

Well, OK... but I warned ya... Posted Image

Here it is stained. Only about an hour after staining it so no poly yet. The flash makes it look red but it in not that red.

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#6 of 36 OFFLINE   Darren_T

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Posted November 01 2003 - 12:23 PM

Nice work Ronnie! I even like the stain but don't tell anyone. I am of the camp that doesn't like stain either. I really like the natural pics... it will look great with poly over the stain too though. At least you get a nice subwoofer with wife approval!

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Posted November 01 2003 - 01:37 PM

Well, I guess I'm a little more neutral. I like natural wood, but I also like to play with dyes to see what I can come up with. It can be a challenge trying to come up with a matching finish for another piece of furniture. I'm still trying to figure out how to get a nice match to my Pennsylvania House Cherry bedroom furniture. But even from one piece to the next the coloration is not completely the same. I did come pretty close with the red mahogany dye. I bought my wife an unfinished chaval (sp?) mirror for Christmas last year and my dad and I tried to match it to the rest of the furniture. It's not exact, but it's good enough that it doesn't stand out in the room.
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#8 of 36 OFFLINE   Hank Frankenberg

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Posted November 01 2003 - 04:00 PM

Upchuck, but SWMBO will rule, won't she?Posted Image Not to worry - it's the SOUND that counts in subwoofs.

#9 of 36 OFFLINE   Ronnie Ferrell

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Posted November 02 2003 - 12:02 AM

Hank, SWMBO LOVES IT! The color does not bug me as bad as the blotchy spots. Maple is just a bear to stain evenly. The good thing is our armoire is "antqued" and the blotchy spots kinda make the sub look the same.

Also I have 2 places I did not get all the glue off in some corners. So it is darker and shinier there. On top of that, it is on the veneer and not the solid maple so I cannot sand it off. I am hoping the poly will blend the sheen some. If not, it is at least in places on the sub that no one will ever know it is there EXCEPT me. And I am the person it will bug the most. I hate stuff like that!


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#10 of 36 OFFLINE   Ellen

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Posted November 02 2003 - 01:38 AM

It is truly a shame that your old lady wanted that beautiful maple stained Posted Image

What are the dimensions on that sub? I would love to have one of those in figured cherry with nothing more than some tung oil and the warming rays of the sun to darken it up.

#11 of 36 OFFLINE   GregAV

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Posted November 02 2003 - 06:39 AM

It's been years, but there used to be a sealer that you could apply to the wood before staining(oil based) to limit the penetration of stain into thirstier areas of the wood - preventing/lessening blotches.

#12 of 36 OFFLINE   Jack Gilvey

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Posted November 02 2003 - 07:23 AM

I think it's beautiful both ways! Nice!
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#13 of 36 OFFLINE   ThomasW

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Posted November 02 2003 - 08:14 AM

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there used to be a sealer that you could apply to the wood before staining(oil based) to limit the penetration of stain into thirstier areas of the wood - preventing/lessening blotches.

It's called 'sanding sealer' and is readily available anywhere finishing products are sold.
Considered a 'must use' for woods like beech, birch, maple, etc, that are difficult to stain....

#14 of 36 OFFLINE   Hank Frankenberg

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Posted November 02 2003 - 10:00 AM

And especially Oak - it needs a high solids content sanding sealer. For most woods, there's Minwax stain conditioner - I suppose it's just rebadged sanding sealer, but I don't know for sure.
Ronnie, I know what you mean abou the blotches - I've never stained anything, from new speaker cabinets to an old oak desk, that didn't have any blotches when I stained it - guess I'm just jinxed. Oh well, the SO likes it, so just enjoy the bass notes and LFE's Posted Image

#15 of 36 OFFLINE   Ronnie Ferrell

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Posted November 02 2003 - 10:35 AM

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there used to be a sealer that you could apply to the wood before staining(oil based) to limit the penetration of stain into thirstier areas of the wood - preventing/lessening blotches.

"lessening blotches." That's the key words there when you are staining maple. There is no way to keep maple from having some blochyness with oil based stains. Dyes work well and there is an undercoat of med. brown Walnut dye under the dark walnut stain. I tried and tried to get the color correct with dyes only but to no avail... Posted Image

I would hate to see what it would look like if I DID NOT use Bahlen wood conditioner on the wood. Sander sealer would have sealed the maple up to much and I could not of achieved the really dark color I was going for. At least it did on my sample pieces...

FYI: I just added a coat of antique walnut polyshade and it helped blend the blothyness.

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#16 of 36 OFFLINE   Brian Bunge

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Posted November 02 2003 - 12:06 PM

We've used the Minwax water-based prestain conditioner and it's worked very well when dying maple and cherry veneers.
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Posted November 02 2003 - 02:59 PM

Personally I agree with your "hottie" wife.
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#18 of 36 OFFLINE   Ronnie Ferrell

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Posted November 03 2003 - 01:06 AM

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think it's beautiful both ways! Nice!
Jack, Thanks! I think the dark color is growing on me. I am getting over the initial shock of seeing it change from light maple to dark walnut in a matter of minutes. Posted Image

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Personally I agree with your "hottie" wife.
I can see why you're "wipped".
Congrats![on both!]

Thanks!! (on both accounts! :B)

I don't have ANY problem at all being whipped! Posted Image Heck I publicly admit it all the time!

Yep, Andrea is definitely my better 7/8's (much more than my better half!) What's funny is I was always the "fat" kid in school, weighed 280 my freshman year of collage, and am a self professed computer geek. (I HAVE dropped 80-lbs since then.) My biggest memories of high school was not the prom and stuff like that but was running a C-NET BBS on my C-64 with dual floppy drives out of my bedroom in the early 80's. It is definitely a tale of Computer Geek weds Homecoming Queen. How I ended up with her I'll never know. I get ribbed about it all the time. But that's OK with me!

If Andrea wanted the sub pink, I'd of painted it pi... no, wait.... There's no way in heck I'd of painted it pink! Posted Image


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#19 of 36 OFFLINE   Brian Bunge

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Posted November 03 2003 - 01:52 AM

Ronnie,

Nothing wrong with being whipped sometimes! BTW, what's this "hottie" wife stuff? I've never seen any pics!Posted Image

I think my wife is a hottie too, but I'm biased. Hank's met her so maybe he'll chime in. I do remember him being rather intrigued when I told him she had a twin sister. So that must say something. Posted Image
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#20 of 36 OFFLINE   Ronnie Ferrell

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Posted November 03 2003 - 02:07 AM

I hope she does not mind if I post her pic. I guess not, because all of these are on our website.

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And here she is with our latest addition, Mousse:
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Posted Image I just noticed she has the same shirt on in those pictures and they are about 1-1/2 years apart. Posted Image


Take care,

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