It’s the Last Things

It’s always the little things that make the difference.  One last pass with the plane can turn an OK surface into a pristine one.  One last thin shaving can make a tight tenon fit perfectly.  In this instance its one last coat of tinted wax.  I know, I know, I said no more posts about the end tables but the difference that the tinted wax made warrants one last post.

I made a quick run to Woodcraft and bought some dark brown Briwax.  Brought it home and applied one last coat of wax to the tables.  I knew in my mind that the tinted wax would even out and enhance the finish but the difference is dramatic enough that I thought it warranted one last show and tell.


Barn Red Milk Paint with shellac and wax

That’s it for these tables…I swear.

Part 13 Greg Merritt

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12 Responses to It’s the Last Things

  1. Looks like it was worth the trip.

  2. billlattpa says:

    Beautiful work! They look as though they would fit in a house from the 18th century all the way up to today. That is my favorite type of furniture. Well done!

    • gman3555 says:

      Thanks Bill. I tend to like period neutral projects too. Clean lines and very little decoration. Which is a good thing, otherwise I would have a hodgepodge of furniture that didn’t make any sense when in the same room.


  3. Jonathan says:


    I think that they look fantastic. I’m a big fan of brown tinted wax. I’ve even used brown kiwi boot polish on old tool handles and it comes out great.

    Nice work!


  4. Dave G says:

    Another great job the choice of finishes really works , will complement your already impressive list of completed projects


    • gman3555 says:

      Thank you David. I’m happy with the way they turned. I’m not sure that anything I build warrants being classified as “impressive”, but I sincerely appreciate the sentiment.

      Thanks again,


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