Thomas Jefferson bookstand

Jeff

Jeff
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I'm in the process of making this bookstand from South American mahogany. This picture is the one at Monticello and it's also mahogany with a "hand rubbed" finish-I'm trying pure tung oil now. Probably not tinted lacquer or garnet shellac, but TBD.

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A WIP in segments. The revolving frame is on a lazy susan and the notches for raising/tilting the adjustable easel panels were interesting.

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The 4 easel panels are a mitered box that fits over the revolving frame.

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Phil S

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Phil Soper
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Looks good Jeff. Cannot wait to see the finished project
 

Jeff

Jeff
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Thanks folks. It'll be awhile before it's finished but I'm not in a big hurry. Roy Underhill sent me his plan (a plan of sorts) and I'm kind of going by the seat of my pants from that. Roy has a video overview about this online but it doesn't have much how-to-do information.

The pure tung oil on a few test pieces of the mahogany looks pretty good so far. Can any of you tell me what a "hand rubbed" finish is supposed to be? I've seen the term used a lot but can't find out what is is or how it's done. ??????
 

Pop Golden

Pop
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Leave it to Tom J. for something very innovative while still serving a practical use. Just about everything he designed is pure magic. Your project looks great.

Pop
 

Jeff

Jeff
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Tried pure tung oil on the mahogany. I like the reddish color and then maybe just some wax to finish it.

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enobles

Earl
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It was some extra cherry I had. Just used satin Minwax polyurethane. The bright light caused the redness. It was fun. Thomas Jefferson could have five books at a time open to read. Everything fold up to a cube.

They sell them at Monticello. They run over $600.
 

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