I just made 2 boxes for my guns, I found these locks on amazon and they came out great and are pretty secure, plus its a lot quicker to get into than finding a key.
WOOCH Electronic Cabinet Lock, Hidden DIY RFID Lock with USB Cable for Wooden Cabinet Drawer Locker Cupboard https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07X8N9TN2/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_1IOeEbPYZHPYK
I think it's elm veneer that has been stained. It's got that cross grain going on
Wait, so you bought a bunch of exotic hardwoods but are asking what $80 will get you at Lowe’s?
This makes no sense whatsoever. You need plans (self made or someone else’s) before building something. The plans will reveal how much of each material you need.
Unless you want to make a bench out of softwood and construction lumber, it’s gonna cost at least $1,000 to buy enough hardwood to do it. Go to r/woodworkingplans or buy a book with plans. I recommend this book.
Also, you should buy tools as you need them. If something you want to make requires a tool, get it. If you try buying every tool you’ll ever need before starting you will go broke.
This bit is a spetool - it has 3 knives which are rotatable to change to a fresh cutting edge!
After gluing it back together you can reinforce it with a metal piece just to make sure
I have used a little field guide in thr past, Trees of the Carolinas Field Guide (Tree Identification Guides) https://www.amazon.com/dp/1647550718/ref=cm_sw_r_awdo_5RPQ1S1HZY5M485SSPK9
There's a ton of ID guides out there though, I'd get one for your particular location. During the summer months try and ID a few trees by their leaves and take note of the branches/buds/bark, etc. I run a sawmill so I see quite a few logs come through but even with that I find myself saying, what the hell is that thing? As far as your logs go, walnut has those deep furrows and fissures, little scaley, and if you cut some of that bark off it's super rich in color, like chocolate cake. Cherry can have flakey bark and those slasher marks where the bark peels up. Also the color on the end looks pinkish.
Also something I learned back in college was a simple slogan, MADcapHorse. It's a fast way to rule out a few species by their branch orientation, here's it copied and pasted,
MADCapHorse is an easy way to remember trees that have an OPPOSITE branching pattern: Maple, Ash, Dogwood, Caprifoliacae (honeysuckles and viburnums, mostly shrubs) and Horse Chestnut. Think of it like your arms- they are opposite of each other. If you are looking at a twig and the buds are directly across from each other it has to be one of the MADCapHorse species.
Have fun out there!
I have a book called The Real Wood Bible that is great for this.
The Real Wood Bible: The Complete Illustrated Guide to Choosing and Using 100 Decorative Woods https://www.amazon.com/dp/1770850139/ref=cm_sw_r_apan_glt_i_1B4YYEHEJ60XJBTA7RAY
Thanks for the advice BadAdviceTaker 😉
Where did you get that translation? I get this which says merisier = wild cherry and cerisier = cultivated cherry.
Did a google image search and it turned up a similar tray. On amazon, it was said to be paulownia wood.
Vintiquewise Wooden Leaf Shape Serving Tray Display Platter, Medium, Beige https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08NWC8GFD/ref=cm_sw_r_awdo_navT_a_BX5MWD1N5X840JKTP7TW
All finishes will darken it at least a little. It really depends on what you want. If you want it to be water proof, I would recommend a clear poly coat like this: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00ANLI2HY/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1
It doesn't darken the wood much, it's easy to clean and it's waterproof.
The easiest is a wipe on oil like linseed or tung oil. Linseed will darken it and make it more orangish. Tung oil will darken and make it more brown. Mineral oil will just make it darker but it doesn't last as long because it isn't a drying oil. Of the three I like tung oil but that's just me.
Would you say that this is the product for me? https://www.amazon.com/Minwax-63005444-Drying-Polyurethane-Semi-Gloss/dp/B000VZNESE/ref=psdc_13399741_t4_B01MYNUDAD?th=1 I'm not sure if I should go Regular finish or Semi-gloss. Should I apply the pre-stain and then the Penetrating Stain before applying the Polyurethane? Thanks
What do you think about Smart StripSmart Strip remover on veneer? Sherwin Williams suggested this one because it was water based / non-toxic. It is removing then finish well but I don’t want to peel the veneer.
I received “Good Clean Fun” by nick offerman. Awesome book with good guidance as well as some projects of varying complexity!
If he is a parka and Rec fan it’s a must buy!
Also I have a Japanese pull saw that is a game changer....
SUIZAN Japanese Pull Saw Hand Saw 9.5 Inch Ryoba Double Edge for Woodworking https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MU9XB1W/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glc_fabc_Plv0Fb9QFRJZD?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
what does he make? a set of card scrapers is always a good idea, especially if he does not own a set. i make spoons and bowls and these are the most used tools in my shop .
You might try some Old English on it. It's normally a scratch cover, but I've seen some success with water spot. If you have a wood working store near you, they should have some. Some hardware stores will carry it. Here is the Amazon link for it -- https://www.amazon.com/English-Scratch-Cover-Dark-Woods/dp/B002YBZZJE/ref=pd_sbs_121_4?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B002YBZZJE&pd_rd_r=8NYR40D7YEV0T0EMDT8P&pd_rd_w=yrE4k&pd_rd_wg=EtESy&psc=1&refRID=8NYR40D7YEV0T0EMDT8P
Their rep told me I should use water based polyurethane. They didn't sell me the 'platinum protection' and a repair would cost 75$.
What's your opinion, how would I apply that? Would this do https://www.amazon.com/Water-Base-Wipe-On-Polyurethane-16fl-oz/dp/B001XQ20WG/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1501171069&sr=8-7&keywords=water+based+polyurethane and just wipe over it?
What would happen on the are that has already the coat?
I think people are wondering why you want to remove the wood smell. It's like complaining about your sports car being too fast. However, I dug around a little bit and came up with this:
There's a purpose-built thing for wardrobes, called a wardrobe freshener here's one example: http://www.amazon.com/Lavender-Closet-Buddy-Wardrobe-Freshener/dp/B00N38JCHI
I'm sure there are other scents, too, if lavender isn't your thing. Good luck!