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Aug 5

Behind the Scenes: The Sand- and Seashell-Filled Table

Today, project manager Dylan Eastman shares the special experience of designing and sourcing material for that amazing dining room table. As of today, it’s the most pinned of our virtual tour images on Pinterest. You certainly do love it, as do we! See the dining table in our great room virtual tour and see the exclusive how-to project here.

In designing the kitchen table, I wanted to use reclaimed wood to counter some of the more refined elements in the front rooms. I also wanted to add color without relying heavily on place setting and flowers. With the coastal setting of this year’s house, I knew a beach motif (done right) would accent the wood while giving an additional dimension to the table. So I went on the hunt for local sea glass and shells.

Blog Cabin 2013 Seashell Dining Table

On the drive to Harker’s Island, I discovered a place call Captain Blaine’s, a store that sells fresh seafood and local crafts. The owner walks the beach regularly to collect shells and sea glass (which she sorts by color) to sell in the shop. I carefully picked through her inventory of beach treasures, looking for just the right colors and textures. Portions of bottles with imprinted text were saved. Remnants of old decorative glass windows were culled. Then I mixed in pearlescent sea scallops, iridescent witch’s nails and purple wampum to accent the glass.

After making my purchase, we chatted at length about the island and the origin of the glass and shells. Originally home to the Coree native American tribe, Harker’s Island attracted residents through the colonial period. In the late 1800s, hurricanes drove even more residents to the island from the storm-devastated outer banks. Until 1941, the only way on or off the island was by boat or ferry — it was not uncommon for residents to cast household debris (back then, mostly wood-, porcelain- or glass-based) into the sound. I figured that most of the sea glass I selected was between 70 and 100 years old.

During the table build, sand from our beach on the Core Sound was laid out to dry under the cabin cam. LEDs were run around the interior perimeter of the table to give a 21st-century accent. Then show host Chris Grundy and Kitchen Crashers host Alison Victoria carefully completed the beach motif by placing each piece of glass or shell in its perfect location. A signed message in a bottle was even left for the future winner of this home. Finally, a piece of clear glass was set over the motif to complete the top. In the end, this table represents the history of our house, the history of the coast and a modern take on upcycling.

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  1. Very creative, Alison!

    Lessie on August 12, 2013 at 9:08 pm
  2. WOW ! What a posting for Aug. 9 for the bedding. I stopped, just too many, greater 2139 the last time I looked tonight. Wonder if a lot of them will blog next time in 2014. Oh well , it has been fun. Missed the daily get togethers and breakfast. Wish everyone the best as the contest for this wonderful Blog Cabin continues plus one more give away. Have a restful evening – Nan ;) <3 ;) <3

    Nan on August 16, 2013 at 7:20 pm
    • Hi Nan, WOW is right, my head is still spinning from trying to keep up with all the new bloggers. LOL
      I have to say I have blogged on each Blog Cabin since 2007 and this is a first for me…I just couldn't keep up…Now it's closed and Hopefully Mary will have a new Thread for us soon…If everyone would stay on this Thread maybe we can communicate with one another…It has been very challenging to find everyone but maybe they are just waiting for the G/G giveaway winner to be announced to get a new thread from Mary
      When you get too many Threads going at one time, we all get lost or we miss lots of comments from our blogging buddies…I will stay on this thread ^_^B) Have a good evening Nan, I hope we haven't lost everyone and they will show up in the morning when they smell the fresh Coffee brewing..I'm mentally exhausted this evening..See you Tomorrow^_^B)<3

      Jennie/Florida on August 16, 2013 at 8:11 pm
    • Yes Jennie, it was kind of like Times Square on New Years Eve, kind of hard to find anyone you knew. :D

      540sam on August 17, 2013 at 4:51 am
    • Hello, Jennie ! Only a few of us on here since yesterday, but good to keep in touch. Agree with you that bloggers will be back when Mary posts the winner of the Quilt prize. Then one more gift and it is supose to give us an inside to the 2013 Blog Cabin too ! Great to hear from you Jennie. Looking forward to the coffee get together. Happy dreams, and my best to you. Nan ;) <3 ;) <3

      Nan on August 17, 2013 at 7:33 pm
    • My error meant to say 2014 Blog Cabin—–

      Nan on August 17, 2013 at 8:36 pm
  3. Where did everyone go? Is the family reunion over? ;) Amazingly, it's cold, wet & miserable where we're staying in NC today. Hopefully, it's warmer and sunnier in Atlantic. Have a great weekend everyone. Hope to see you all in a few days time on a new thread. Good luck.:)

    Clive on August 17, 2013 at 9:46 am
    • Nope, was nice, started raining on OBX late thursday nite and fri morn, so came back home.

      540sam on August 17, 2013 at 10:38 am
    • Hope the next thread we will be able to find people.:)

      540sam on August 17, 2013 at 10:39 am
    • I think we have all gotten lost because there are so many blogs….searching for smiley now….

      TWOTERRIERS on August 17, 2013 at 10:53 am
  4. Good Morning Clive, I think everyone is exhausted from the Mega voting marathon LOL…I was totally surprised with so many newbees…Wow!!! It was hard keeping up and I finally started skipping over the one liners!!!
    Lot of storms moving through the Carolinas and Our Cottage is getting thunderstorms today, so the beautiful landscaping is getting watered…
    This is August Clive and you say it's cold, wet and miserable up in those lovely mountains? Hard to believe LOL…I know how cold it gets there in the Fall…I just love it….It's muggy here this morning, 90+ temps by afternoon, the heat and humidity is rising for another round of violent storms this afternoon and evening. I wouldn't mind a little of that cold weather your getting.. I'm ready for Fall….It has been a long Hot summer for us here in Florida…
    When does your trip end??? Even though the weather is miserable, I Hope You and Your family are enjoying the getaway together and just being in those beautiful mountains of North Carolina plus eating their good 'country' cooking….I know I would!!! Yum….I'm sure you are use to cold weather but I know it's hard to get excited when you are having to put up with It on vacation..I wouldn't mind having a little of that Cold weather about now…I love wearing Winter Clothes, but don't get much of a chance..Have a safe trip home!!! :) :p^_^B)

    Jennie/Florida on August 17, 2013 at 11:50 am
    • I'm staying in the Piedmont and it should be in the 90's. Currently we're 64 and it's drizzling with rain, bigger rain predicted tonight. Very unseasonal. Mountains are even colder today but I'll bet the fishing's good. Everything has a silver lining.:)

      Home made ribs on the BBQ this evening for our final dinner for this visit. :p It will feel more like a WI BBQ than a Carolina one. See y'all later. ^_^

      Clive on August 17, 2013 at 12:26 pm
    • Hi Clive, the Ribs sounds good^_^<3 If it's 64 now, with the drizzling rain, by tonight, you might get a little sleet at higher elevations LOL…wouldn't that be something??^_^B)<3 I would love that..Can you tell I'm ready for cooler weather???^_^:)B) Clive you Better go fishing and catch that Big One before you leave the Mountains!!!:) Be careful and have a safe trip home!^_^

      Jennie/Florida on August 17, 2013 at 12:51 pm
    • Hi Jennie,
      I agree with you, about all those new bloggers. Our chances just got very small, if we hope to win the bedding ensemble. I think most of those new bloggers must be kinda shy, and were afraid to blog in every day of the build. but were gung-ho as soon as the prizes are being awarded. I can just imagine what kind of entries there will be once the entry for the Blog Cabin begins. The chances of winning are just like chances of winning the Powerball. Best wishes to the winner of the bedding, and best wishes to the eventual winner of Blog Cabin 2013.

      Have you heard, or read, anymore about if the BC 2012 has been sold? Too bad so few of the Blog Cabins had to be sold, and really not appreciated by the eventual winner. More than likely, the same will hold true for this one. That will be sooooooooooooo sad, after all the terrific work that took place, turning that old, old house, into a magnificent home.

      Have a great day.

      Builder on August 17, 2013 at 1:14 pm
    • The Waldoboro Blog Cabin just had it's price reduced to $575,000. It's the only blog cabin that hasn't been sold within a few weeks or months after it was won (except for 2011 which is still owned by the winner).

      AnniesOwn on August 17, 2013 at 1:35 pm
    • Hi Builder, the new Bloggers were either shy? or they only had time here to win the Comforter Set and were not here to make friends as we have done…They don't know what they are missing, do they??
      But that's Ok because maybe The Newbees had Jobs and were working and didn't have time to chit chat like We do..For what ever reason, that was some Mega marathon for sure..WOW
      I have had so much fun this BC, the 'Camera Cam' was a Big hit with me and Everyone I'm sure!!
      I hope Mary and Mr. Eastman realizes they made us Very Happy Bloggers to be able to capture the early morning sunrises, sunsets, crew working steadily everyday and we could see the progress daily and they seemed to really enjoy their special craft, I'm sure the View was a big help too..Who wouldn't want to go to work everyday and enjoy a view like we all had…Just heavenly!!.
      I value You and Our Bloggie Friends and have enjoyed the conversations we have had all these months, the great ideas some have shared and all the great personalities and the friendships that have means so much…Great group of friends…We have shared many Months together choosing what We thought would be best for the Cottage. We devoted many hours each day and expressed our opinions. We were dedicated daily in turning this Historical Cottage into the most Beautiful Cottage on the Beach…What an outstanding group of talented people that put their thoughts and skills together and came out with this outstanding Showplace for one Very lucky winner :) :p^_^:);)B) At this point in time, I think Money will be the Biggest issue!! Sad to say!!
      Builder, All I know about the 2012 BC is the price has been lowered again!!! I did like the Farmhouse but was disappointed in some of the decisions they made that I thought would hurt the sale of the home..1).only one Bathroom on first floor…2).no access to basement from first floor…3) should have never put green as a option for the color of the Farmhouse in Maine….4) No local Mainer will buy a green house….5).no garage and didn't upgrade any portion of the Old Red Barn to park vehicles in Winter Blizzards and Rainy weather…6).No windows on second floor to enjoy the Beautiful water views……just to name a few…made some bad decisions I thought…Maybe that is why they are having
      a hard time finding a buyer….But Great location, Beautiful back yard with patio and deck, nice land and Great water views from the first floor. and I really loved that Old Red Barn…So Sad, it's in a lovely setting and lots of Maple trees that will turn in the fall to brighten up the Green farmhouse during the fall season…My favorite time of year! ^_^;)B)<3 Just some of My Thoughts!! B)<3^_^
      I'm Sorry I was so late in replying…..More yard work for me while we are having good weather!! :) B)

      Jennie/Florida on August 17, 2013 at 6:06 pm
    • oops, didn't proof read…that is… friendships that have 'meant' so much!:):p^_^B);):p<3

      Jennie/Florida on August 17, 2013 at 6:15 pm
    • Jennie,

      I fully understand what it is like to be busy this time of year. For me, it is that way 365 days a year. This afternoon, I have been busy watering all my beautiful flowers. I have around 500 perennials, plus lots of annuals that I planted from seed. As I was watering some of the ones that my 500 feet of soaker hoses do not reach, I was admiring the cedar benches that I re-stained earlier in the season. I built 4 nice cedar benches in 1982, and this is the first time I have had to re-stain them.

      This time it was done in a driftwood gray, to match the Blog Cabin colors. Despite some people who think they have to stain things every few years, I used my normal mixture of boiled linseed and the driftwood grey stain. Yes, it has gone this long, and the cedar benches still look like new, being out in the hot sun all summer. With the wonderful boiled linseed oil, the suns rays bounce right off, and do not dry the wood, and it is not sticky like some people believe. It dries in just a couple hours, and will probably last another 30 years before needing more stain.

      Enjoy your weekend. Nice to see our regulars in this thread. :) :):)

      Builder on August 17, 2013 at 6:46 pm
    • Hi Builder
      Dear Sir you certainly have green thumbs!!! Your yard must be absolutely beautiful and truly a masterpiece!! I don't know what state you live in but I know in Florida it is very difficult to grow any flowers from seeds…I have tried so many times but with no success!! What kind of Annuals have you planted?? I'm amazed and envious of your success! Your Cedar benches sound lovely and you must be very proud of them…that boiled linseed oil works wonders..Now that you used the driftwood grey stain, do you like them as well as the natural Cedar color??
      I'm sure when You move them to the 'Cottage' you will find a special places for each one of them throughout the lovely landscape..Wow they will last another 30 years.. That's amazing..
      Good luck to You and I wish you the best!!! Have a great weekend..^_^B)

      Jennie/Florida on August 17, 2013 at 8:46 pm
    • Jennie,

      While the kids are watching TV, I will answer your question. From seeds, I plant State Fair Zinnias, Four O' Clocks, Sweet William (will also be a perennial) , Sweet Peas, Evening Primrose, Calendula, Dianthus (also called a Sweet William), Asters (several colors), Marigolds of several different colors and sizes, some very tall, Cockscomb. I am sure I forgot a few, but there are flowers everywhere. We had a garage sale 3 days last week, and one day this week, before we ran out of stuff to sell, and more ladies were looking at all my flowers, before they looked for something they needed. Good time for a garage sale, just before school starts.

      Overall, I bought only about $10 worth of new seeds, because I am a believer in saving seeds, ones that are heirloom varieties. A lot of people do not realize that the newer hybrids do not have seeds that are viable to germinate. That is their way to keep selling seed every year. I fool them, and collect my own, or even seeds that grow wild in road ditches.

      Enjoy your evening.

      Builder on August 17, 2013 at 9:26 pm
    • Jennie,
      Last night I send the list of annual flowers I planted from seed, but, somehow, it never posted. Perhaps one of the flower varieties is a no-no with the blog police. Mmmmmm, cannot figure that out. Enjoy your Sunday.

      Builder on August 18, 2013 at 8:41 am
    • Hi Builder, I really can't believe the name of a flower seed could prevent the post from going through, especially if the 'Blog police' was reading our comments and could see we were discussing your lovely mega flower garden????

      Jennie/Florida on August 20, 2013 at 10:13 am
    • How about "peony"?:D

      540sam on August 20, 2013 at 2:31 pm
    • Nope, I have never had any luck with them, by planting seeds, so I just divide the roots, and make more plants.

      Buider on August 20, 2013 at 4:03 pm
    • That was a joke in reply to Jennies blog police question above.:)

      540sam on August 20, 2013 at 7:49 pm
    • Jennie,
      I think I discovered why my flower seed answers was rejected by the blog police. The variety of the flower was the same as a rooster's comb. Think of something else you can you call a rooster, and you will have the name of the flower. It has a large, fan shaped, fuzzy flower.

      Buider on August 21, 2013 at 3:42 pm
    • Hi Builder, the Botany name for your lovely plant is called Celosais and they self seed and will take over your flower beds in a few years and you will be tossing them out. Some look like velvet and some are fan shaped fuzzy flowers and very pretty…I will have to look for some for my garden…I have just the place for them and will plant only those flowers in one area of my they won't be intrusive of the other plants!
      Thanks Builder for the info!!!^_^B)

      Jennie/Florida on August 21, 2013 at 7:31 pm
    • I have a question for Builder and Sam or anyone who might know…As I tour this beautiful place daily, I keep going back to the Cupola and trying to picture someone trying to replace the light Bulb when it burns out…That's a long reach with a ladder, so do you think one of the Cupola's windows will open on roof top to replace the bulb???? Just curious ^_^B)

      Jennie/Florida on August 20, 2013 at 4:32 pm
    • 2 of the cupola windows open Jennie, one on the south side the other on the north side, however you'd have to climb on the roof to do that job, hopefully it's a long life bulb.:)

      540sam on August 20, 2013 at 7:47 pm
    • Thanks Sam, I'm with you on the long life bulb, but just in case, I couldn't see someone going up that high on a ladder to replace the bulb, especially me o.0:(o.0 I probably
      would do OK going up but coming back down I would have a problem^_^B)
      But now there is another problem and that is figuring out how to get on the roof to get to the Cupola??? LOL This sounds like a Great Adventure for the Winner^_^B)<3

      Jennie/Florida on August 21, 2013 at 12:47 am
    • Here are the warnings on boiled linseed oil and it's uses. They come with the product from the manufacturers.

      Linseed oil does not have any resistance to ultraviolet light, which can be destructive to wood over time.

      Linseed oil can support the growth of mildew. Exercise caution when using it in areas where moisture can be an issue.

      Start at the farthest, least accessible corner of your deck. Linseed oil takes a while to dry, and you don't want to have to walk across it.

      Linseed-soaked rags are highly flammable & can spontaneously combust. Heat is generated through oxidation and they can get hot enough to catch fire. Lay them out to dry, soak them in water before disposal or wash them thoroughly.

      Do not use linseed oil on western red cedar or redwood. Mold will grow very quickly, creating a black surface and damage to your wood.

      Steviethechemist on August 17, 2013 at 11:41 pm
    • Stevie,

      I have had the exact same opposite in all my years of using boiled linseed oil on all my projects. It must be my special mixture that gives me such great results. I simply use my regular oil based stain, boiled linseed oil, and just a bit of mineral spirits, and it works marvelous, thanks to a great tip from our local lumber yard dealer, The mineral spirits make it dry better, and allow it to penetrate the wood better. He has had 50-60 years experience in the lumber yard business. I have used this same mixture ever since 1982, when I made my first cedar bench for use on my deck. I guess 40 years of experience is enough reason not to change.

      Yes, boiled linseed oil is very sticky, when used alone. I never use it just by itself. I will disagree with the fact that it does not have ultraviolet qualities, because ever since I started using the boiled linseed oil on my projects, the cedar simply does not dry out, like it did before I started adding it to my stains. I have had this same discussion with several people, but, I will continue to do something that is very successful in all my work. I have products in 19 states, and not one has ever complained about the wood cracking.

      Builder on August 18, 2013 at 8:36 am
    • Hi Jennie, was at OBX thurs it started raining thurs nite and was still raining fri morn so I came back home, surf fishing not that great water temps only in the 70s if you can believe that and the shrimp are still to the south they say, weird weather this time of year morning temps in the 50's here at home.If the winner of this cabin decided to sell I'm pretty sure it wouldn't be on the market long, as long as they don't go overboard with the price. If I were blessed to win and was advised to sell, I would do a lot of rolling on the floor and kicking and screaming(tantrum)but I guess I would have to listen to someone with business sense and not emotionally involved like Kitty said.:'(:@:S

      540sam on August 18, 2013 at 1:32 am
    • Good Morning Sam, I'm sorry your trip was ruined by the weather. Question, Doesn't the fish bite when it's raining??? LOL I have fished in the rain many times and couldn't pull the fish out fast enough..Of course that was here in Florida…LOL But it being in the 50's and rain, it could be pretty miserable…Strange weather for this time of year on the east coast and in the great mountains of NC..Clive said it was 64 where they were yesterday.That is chilly for an August day but that was in the Mountains where it is always cooler..I'm sure the campfire was burning at night!! Nice….
      Sam,The winner of this Cottage will be so thrilled, happy and 'rolling on the floor' but when they wake up and face reality that all those taxes are tacked on and the winner has to pay, it adds a great burden on the Winner. Unless of course the Winner has a nice nest egg or they have great paying jobs and a nice savings account that will certainly lower the burden..It would be so depressing to win and then have to give up this Lovely Cottage (:(
      It was so much fun contributing to this lovely Seaside Cottage and it turned out to be the most beautiful Blog Cabin "Cozy Cottage" so far!!!^_^B)<3 Have a great Sunny Day!!!

      Jennie/Florida on August 18, 2013 at 10:22 am
    • Yes Jennie, rain doesn't bother fish, it bothers me, but the water temp was a little low in the shallows and slows the fishing a little not a big thing didn't go down for anything serious just drowning some bait. I may run down next weekend if I dont go to the bay this week but water temps are down there also. No sunny day here, rain caught up to me last night and will be here all day. But you gotta have the rain sometimes.

      540sam on August 18, 2013 at 11:38 am
    • Hi J/F Just a little correction for you. The high temp of 64 wasn't in the Mts. It was the Piedmont, about 3 hr. drive from the Mts.;) The Piedmont is the area from about Raleigh/Durham thru Charlotte and on to the foot of the Mts. It should be in the 90's not the 60's this time of year.

      It's been raining almost every day this summer and my relatives say they've not needed to water the yard yet this year. All the lakes are way up and most rivers are bank high and dangerous with lots of flooding. Driving back to WI the weather was miserable until we were north of the Mts. then it cleared. Not often that the temps for 4 straight August days in WI are 20 degrees higher than NC. :)

      Looks like the coast was very wet & stormy too but I'm sure the BC can handle that with ease. ^_^

      AnniesOwn on August 19, 2013 at 11:41 pm
    • Hi Jennie, I wish they would of started a new thread when the closed the voting one. Oh well, I agree with you. Where did all those bloggers come from LOL Wish some of them would stay around. But I guess they just came to try and win the bedding. I hope the storms aren't too bad for our cabin.

      vicki_in_Utah on August 17, 2013 at 2:24 pm
    • Hi Vicki, I'm Sorry I'm so late responding…I worked in the yard all day..Whew..90+degrees with high humidity which made it over 100deg…Hot day but we did have a breeze and no rain so far…
      I just sent Builder a reply..
      Vicki, I think Mary is waiting til Monday to start a new Thread because maybe she has something special up her Sleeve..I hope that's the case!! Or maybe she thought we needed a break after that mega voting marathon LOL
      I don't think I can take many more of those Mega threads, I just couldn't keep up and I lost track of all my Blogging Buddies…LOL
      The next G/G Giveaway is Sept 9th, I think, when we have a chance at winning 'a rendering of the side yard signed by Matt Blashaw'…I'm not sure what that is, but anything "Matt" Signs is Special to me and I would be Happy to have anything he made…Please anyone, if I'm wrong on this date or info., correct me ..I was looking at my notes I jotted down and that might be wrong ^_^
      Anyway I looked at the weather this morning for Our Cottage and Storms were covering our little cottage and is suppose to continue throughout the evening and tomorrow…I hope someone is there
      to keep an Eye on things until the Cottage is given away…Would hate for anything to happen to it and was unattended…I love the Cottage and land and it means so much to those who spent so much time choosing just the right things that made her so beautiful…I wish Everyone the best and hope the winner has the funds to keep this beautiful place…What a treasure it is<3<3<3
      I hope you are OK and those fires that keep popping up are not close to you..Take care!!^_^B)<3
      Oh, how is the little Siamese Kitty doing? You didn't tell me what you named the kitty, Is it a boy or girl??<3<3<3 I miss my Whiskers sooooo much:(:(B)<3

      Jennie/Florida on August 17, 2013 at 7:08 pm
    • CORRECTION Vicki…
      1) Monday August 19, drawing— Winner's name for Bedding will be drawn and post winner on or around August 20th
      2) Next G/G giveaway will be Friday August 23rd—Yard Crasher's design board, framed and signed by
      Matt Blashaw
      Sorry for the wrong info earlier, don't know where my head is! Too much Sun I guess and it's baking my brain LOLo.0o.0o.0B)^_^

      Jennie/Florida on August 17, 2013 at 7:51 pm
    • Jennie working in 100deg is not fun, I hope you drank lots (water that is LOL) I sure wish they left a Cabin Cam up just so we could keep an eye on our cabin. The landscaping turned out so good, I would hate for it to be blown away.
      The fires are staying away from So Ut so far. We did get a few sprinkles today, but not much. The grand kids named the Siamese Kitty Tiger, not because he has strips but he is a wild thing… I sure hope he calms down. He is a little too wild for me. But he is fun to watch. Can't wait to watch Mondays show. I would love to have something that Matt had signed too.

      vicki_in_Utah on August 17, 2013 at 9:26 pm
  5. I have been collecting shells for over 30yrs and I just love the shell table, its the coolest thing I ever saw,that must b one of the best ways to display your beach treasures ! I would love to win that table ! And not to mention the house, I could retire in that house with no problem, hopefully I will.

    Sue Skalamera on August 17, 2013 at 12:35 pm
    • Sue I love that table too, but can just see what would happen to it with all my grand kids…..I would be fixing it all the time. But it is a neat idea. When we lived in So. Calf. i collected sea shells all the time. Now we collect rocks.

      vicki_in_Utah on August 17, 2013 at 2:25 pm
  6. What is the BC show for this coming Monday? I hope the outside. I will have to go look.

    vicki_in_Utah on August 17, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    bthgds on August 17, 2013 at 2:53 pm
  8. Hi Builder ! I was amazed to hear your linseed oil mix lasted so long. Would you be you be so kind to share the formula ? And the boiling of thhe oil ? Would love to use that on my furniture. My picnic table needs help . Have enjoyed learning on this blog from all of you and "DIY " and their sites are great ! Ways to do things better is always so welcome. Glad to be able to "talk " with you. Have a good best to you. Nan ;) <3 ;) <3

    Nan on August 17, 2013 at 8:29 pm
    • The boiled linseed oil comes that way directly from the can. No boiling is needed. I hesitate to share my success story, because I have done lots of experimenting to see what works best. I work mostly with cedar wood. I use four parts good oil based stain, to one part boiled linseed oil, and one part mineral spirits.

      It took a long time to get the correct recipe, but, it lasts and lasts, and lasts, and the wood does not dry out and crack. I have had lots of disagreements with my finishes, but, thanks to tried and true use, it has been most successful for me.

      It should work just fine on your picnic table. If the wood is exceptionally dry and weathered, I have even increased the boiled linseed oil, so the wood gets a softer feel. By doing this for so many years, I can tell how to adjust my formula, just by looking at the condition of the wood.

      Enjoy your day.

      Builder on August 18, 2013 at 10:37 am
    • Builder, thanks for sharing your secret. I won't tell anyone and I'm no competition for you.
      We do little teensy projects hereabouts involving our rough-hewn cedar & mesquite we can cut down from our small acreage.
      That was very kind of you to share your recipe. Thanks.

      Wind Chime Girl on August 20, 2013 at 5:41 am
    • Thank you so very much for takiing your time to help me. Will post at end so that you get my "thank you". Nan ;) ;) ;) ;) <3 <3 <3 <3

      Nan on August 20, 2013 at 11:48 am
    • OK, now I can see how your mixture would prevent cracking but it's not due to its UV refractive properties. Linseed oil, raw or boiled, has zero UV protective properties. That's a fact in the literature and in MDS sheets that come with it. However, by adding a small amount to your stain together with some mineral spirits I can see how it's working. Boiled linseed oil is well known for helping to keep wood from cracking with age. Used alone or blended with other oils, resins, and solvents it's a good impregnator and helps moisture retention in the wood. That's one of the major reasons it also encourages mold growth in some woods. It also binds pigments in paints. It's been used to do this since the 12th century. However, synthetic alkyd resins function similarly also they’re UV refractive and cheaper. What you’ve created is your version of mix of something that's been around for centuries and has a long pedigree. That's cool.

      Have you ever considered boiled Tung oil instead of linseed? It has a number of advantages including better waterproofing and some degree of UV protection. Used alone on wood it gives a beautiful finish that brings out the texture much better than linseed oil.

      Steviethechemist on August 20, 2013 at 8:42 pm
    • Stevie, would the proportions be the same?

      Wind Chime Girl on August 20, 2013 at 9:15 pm
    • Stevie,
      Yes, I have used Tung oil many times, mostly on all my interior products. Over the many years I have been doing woodworking, and woodcrafts, I have tried various products. Tung oil does give a spectacular look, and finish on interior projects.

      Buider on August 21, 2013 at 3:51 pm
  9. Good Sunday Morning to All, too late for breakfast so I made Brunch… Coffee is ready and I have made a Hash Brown Breakfast Casserole with hot pork sausage, chopped onions, eggs and Sharp Cheddar Cheese…your choice of desired Topping maybe Picante Sauce—Green hot Sauce— or Sour Cream..
    you can also garnish with fresh parsley sprigs…a bowl of fresh watermelon, blueberries, strawberries and cantaloupe…Just from the oven is a pan of Homemade buttermilk Biscuits…Fresh Orange juice with Peach Brandy…..Enjoy!
    We can sit under the outdoor kitchen because it is raining at Our Cottage, the last I heard…If we had a large umbrella we could sit on the end of the Dock…LOL
    At least we know the landscaping is getting watered pretty good the last few days…I hope all is well at the Cottage with the storms and hope Someone is checking daily.:)^_^:p;)B)<3<3 Have a Happy Sunday B)<3

    Jennie/Florida on August 18, 2013 at 11:23 am
    • Love the brunch on Sunday morning! The porch will provide shelter from the rain as long as there is no lightening and thunder. If that occurs we can watch the view out the windows. Thanks Jennie!

      grammagail on August 18, 2013 at 12:27 pm
    • Gail, So sad to see our Blogging Buddies were not hungry for our Sunday Brunch and get together! Maybe the weather was hindering their visit to the Cottage for our weekend on the Dock..
      I put everything in the freezer so maybe I will have another brunch before the giveaway for those who are interested. ^_^…The only thing I can't save is the fresh orange juice with the peach brandy! ^_^
      I hope you are recovering from your camping trip in the mountain and things are getting back to normal..
      I love to travel but it is always good to get back to my 'home sweet home'…^_^<3B) Have a Good Day!!

      Jennie/Florida on August 20, 2013 at 11:40 am
  10. Just back from a week in the Maine mountains with no electricity ( except our little generator for refrigerator and recharging batteries in our 9ft trailer) and no water except that which we hiked from the central faucets. Goodrestrooms, though! Nice State Park! The luxuries of the cabin seem like heaven right now even though I love being outdoors.

    grammagail on August 18, 2013 at 12:36 pm

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