But I digress. It was time for a sturdy fix.
Here I am transferring the design from the original junk to a new oak crossbar scheme. I'm using dumpster-dive bed-post Oak that my neighbor kindly saved for me
Here is the finished base:
As a side note, that finished Oak base was finished in minimal time (necessary this week due to visitors arriving soon!), and it doesn't smell like oil or varnish. It just has a subtle beeswax odor.... I decided to try out the old-time "polissoir" method that is promoted by web-authors such as Don Williams http://www.donsbarn.com .
We've all heard from Nick, etc., that you can't build up much of a wax coat because new wax dissolves old wax. Well, that's true if it's a wax in a solvent mix. But raw beeswax can build decently, and have a decent grain-filling function.
Here's a paste-wax test followed by the friction-polissoir-beeswax test: