White oak – 1"x1" I began by squaring up the stock with a jointer plane and then continually knocking off the corners. I would have been easier if I would have marked out an octagon first and then rounded over the edges. Low angle block plane with a 45 degree bevel. This lets me plane against the grain with a low risk of tare out. I learned this from a Bob Van Dyke FWW article. White oak Brass rod Poplar and a dowel plate General Finishes – China Blue "Milk Paint" (it is latex paint designed to mimic true milk paint) Boiled linseed oil mixed with bees wax 5 minute epoxy.