The beginning of stained woods

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I didn’t start out staining wood–I painted it.   The first piece I did was a raw wood toy chest-type thing.   It was the first time I realized that I needed a creative outlet to offset work (and sometimes life).  The pattern is a takeoff from a school assignment where we had to draw our versions of a mandala.  It’s done in acrylics, and I’m not sure how many months it too to finish.  I do remember mixing all the paint, and having to re-do parts that I did not like.  I’ve also had to refinish it a couple of times, but once I put on several coats of Polycrylic (it’s a Minwax product) in 2003, it’s been fine ever since.

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