Made this for a friend of mine with the intention of doing the oxidized vinegar finish. Unfortunately, I didn't read the directions too well and ended up with an awful brassy red color. So I had to remove that (quite the task) and then stain. The end result is still something pretty rustic since the vinegar discolored the wood some. X's were tricky because my miter saw didn't cut that angle, but it worked out in the end.