Photography ~ Gear/Kit–Manfrotto MT055XPRO3 [DIY Shelf–Applying Stain], 12/29 & 12/30

Stain has been applied.

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I changed my mind on the type of finish for the tripod tray. I’ll use an orangish stain–Colonial Maple 223 by MinWax. We are keeping the grain versus covering it with orange paint. The picture to the right was taken this morning at 4:30 AM EST after the first coat of stain had dried.

I will apply one more coat of stain [because that is all I have] and then several coats of Tung Oil–The first at 9:30 PM Friday night, 12/30.

The second coat of stain makes the wood is slightly darker and perhaps “richer.” Of course lighting and camera position are factors, as well. Subsequent coats of Tung Oil should make the completed shelf more beautiful. I plan to wait 24-hours after each coat before applying the next. I have no reason to work faster. Again, stay tuned.

Author: jalexartis

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5 thoughts on “Photography ~ Gear/Kit–Manfrotto MT055XPRO3 [DIY Shelf–Applying Stain], 12/29 & 12/30”

  1. Applied the second coat of Tung Oil @ 4:00 AM EST. The oil is drying faster than expected; although, some Tung formulas dry at a faster rate than others. I am pleased and the wood looks good. Two down and a planned 5 to go. At this rate, I may get 3 more coats on before midnight–January 01, 2017. Stay tuned…


  2. The oil is drying quickly and I giving sufficient time–Coat #4 is finished. I am also rubbing the surface with steel wool and wiping it before the next coat.

    For now: Coat #5 @ 8:00 PM; #6 @ midnight; and, Coat #7 @ 4:00 AM. That should be a wrap on the Tung Oil. I’ll wax the surface then glue the grommet in and then the edge trim.

    I expect to complete this DIY sometime tomorrow, 01/01/2017.



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