When I put the Stickley sideboard aside last spring, the carcase was done and I only had the drawers left to make; with the arrival of fall, it was time to get back at it. As I wrote in the last post, the drawers went well and it was time for finish.
I made this for my son and his wife and they prefer dark stains. They're not my cup of tea but the original was dark so I didn't object. Dark stains are tough because they show every imperfection and tend not to absorb evenly; at least that's my experience. Pre-stain conditioner is recommended but I like the color differences that result from not using it, so I didn't.
Here's the result:
Building this piece only increased my respect for Stickley and Ellis. There are many small details that I didn't appreciate until I realized how they contribute to both form and function.