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DIY Oak Rack

Discussion in 'd.i.y.' started by sam_cat, Nov 11, 2021.

  1. Pete MB&D

    Pete MB&D Pete Maddex, the one and only!

    Nice, I do love oak with character, cheap epoxy and instant coffee for filling the holes!

  2. steveinspain

    steveinspain pfm Member

    That's something I've not heard of before - powdered instant I assume? Does it take finishes like Danish oil?
  3. Pete MB&D

    Pete MB&D Pete Maddex, the one and only!

    Yes instant, I used it to fill the pipps in my pippy oak settee that is finished with Danish oil.

    [​IMG]15th October by Pete Maddex, on Flickr

    Use the cheap pound shop stuff, my one try with Arldite was a failure as it set almost instantly.

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  4. steveinspain

    steveinspain pfm Member

    Well thank you. That's the one thing I'll learn today, and for once its useful!
    I may try it on an offcut but need to venture out to the pound shop first - something I try to avoid at this time of year as the Christmas panic has hit town big time..!
  5. a.palfreyman

    a.palfreyman pfm Member

    Surely you get a better result with better quality coffee? ;)
    Nice idea @Pete MB&D. Any clues on the epoxy you used, or are you saying that you've only tried it once and it went off like a rocket?
    When I built my kitchen worktops with used 3x2 softwood, planed up and biscuit jointed into 'slabs', I used a mixture of osmo door oil and fines from the sanding. Works well but takes days to set properly. :rolleyes:
  6. Pete MB&D

    Pete MB&D Pete Maddex, the one and only!

    I used the pound shops finest epoxy and whatever instant coffee we had at the time, I guess you could use beans adjust the roast to match the colour of wood... ;)

    I did the same thing my self with sawdust and varnish on some parquet flooring work tops.

  7. a.palfreyman

    a.palfreyman pfm Member

    Wow, herringbone pattern, or 'just' lengths of 2x1 oak side-by-side? I used the latter for some door thresholds.
  8. Pete MB&D

    Pete MB&D Pete Maddex, the one and only!

    It was the modern pre-assembled stuff that comes in sheets, it didn't last long it shrunk and warped, which is the reason I had lots of sawdust took days to sand it flat, I made Birch ply tops then went to oak countertop.

  9. a.palfreyman

    a.palfreyman pfm Member

    Bugger, bet that was annoying / frustrating :mad:
  10. Pete MB&D

    Pete MB&D Pete Maddex, the one and only!

    I didn't leave it long enough to acclimatise before sticking it down, rooky mistake but a valuable lesson.

  11. a.palfreyman

    a.palfreyman pfm Member

    Tell me about it. I built some fitted wardrobes and cross-halved the door frames with vertical infill battens, all softwood. Was in Jan about 8-9 yrs ago. Over the next 2 years, they slowly shrank causing various twisting and slight splitting. Have learned to ignore it by now.... :oops:
  12. JTC

    JTC PFM Villager...

    Looks like nice bits of wood. Where'd you get them and how much should you expect to pay for stable oak in shelf-sized sizes? I need to sort out my rack situation which might justify bespoke :)
  13. Puggie

    Puggie pfm Member

    Anyone tried these shelf brackets:

    they look interesting for chunky floating shelves, I have some 20mm thick bamboo to fit shortly, so no use to me.
  14. steveinspain

    steveinspain pfm Member

    These are the people
    Don't be put off by the rather wordy website, David and Catherine took my project to heart, searched out what they thought would be perfect for my rack and having just opened the package I am really pleased. It looks stunning already, can't wait to get it made although I am wearing a sling for a few weeks..
    I paid just under £200 Inc vat and delivery (£196 I think) for 3 pieces 550 x 300approx x25. It is kiln dried and ready to use.
    I'd certainly use them again and hope that you or others might!

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