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Fir coffee table11/7
I need to gray the exterior and am planning on using shop-made (table vinegar and stew wool) iron acetate to do so. Also, the clamp is holding the doors shut as they are on self-opening hinges. I need a positive hold latch that isn't the cheap looking plastic crap. If anyone has a source for well-made catches I'd love to buy some; otherwise I'll be building them so let me know if anyone has a shop-made solution they're proud of.
Here are the pictures.
I don't have any experience with aging fir. Iron oxide reacts with the tannins in oak, (white especially) to turn it black. Perhaps, fir has some available tannins, but it's a drastically different species, so I wouldn't expect the same results. Around here, some woods age brown, some grey, and some silver. Perhaps, the color difference is due to species, perhaps it's due to oxidation vs. UV degradation. The makers of hard wax oil floor finishing systems have figured some of this chemistry out: check there first. At any rate, I like your block of 2 x 4's.
Thanks for your response. This is the fir sample with the chemical solution, whatever it is. It was done a few weeks ago, so it's been knocking around the shop a bit, but the tone is pretty close to what I got when it was fresh. The bench it's sitting on is untreated old fir; not sure how well the colors come through from a camera phone. I also noticed there is no vinegar smell on the sample, so maybe time will take care of that problem. It was still somewhat present 4-5 days after application.
Yeah, ok: I've made my fair share of euro cabinets, so I won't give you too much of a hard time, regardless of your preferred mode of transportation...
Salice makes a drill in catch to use with push. See attached
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Rare earth magnets work well. They are available in different sizes. Drill the appropriate hole in the edge of the door and the rail, a little deeper than the length of the magnet glue it in with a wood plug at the top and it is hidden.
Iron oxide reacts with the tannins in oak, (white especially) to turn it black. Perhaps, fir has some available tannins, but it's a drastically different species, so I wouldn't expect the same results.