Here is Kiki using a belt-sander. This was ineffective because the sanding belt would just gum up and then tear.
|Finally, something that works! Grinders. I know, right?|
|End of day one of grinders' employ. This creates a LOT of dust.|
|Rylee, bopping to music and watching herself in the window. Ha! Caught ya on "film"!|
|Ye old dust collector. What? You don't have one? Hmmm...|
|My Boba Fett get-up.|
|This is Pop. He's one of the smartest, hardest working people I know, and I sure appreciate his help!|
|This is my owie.You don't want to touch a spinning grinder wheel even WIth a glove on!|
|This is in my bedroom. Old floor, bare floor.|
|NOW he can sand the actual wood!|
|zebra (darkest) just kiddin'- it's actually called jacobean-whatever that means!|
Next, we try some stain samples.
I picked golden. The zebra look is just way off of what I had in mind. And Jake was right, the wood is not accepting the stain the same as it would if it didn't have all that wax imbibed into it.
|golden oak (lightest)|
|mixture of the two|
|This is in the bedroom after the stain. So, we ended up with markings from the grinders anyway... (my sections were worse than theirs) but I like it!|
|Now to vacuum and get it all cleaned up for the next step.Oiling!|
This is RIGHT after I oiled.
It will not look shiny after the oil is absorbed.