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From the image I am getting #3 or #5 look best to me, but then I do like the lighter wood look.

They will look different to you though; once you take a pic, upload it and display it on a bunch of different monitors the shades can vary dramatically. Plus you are going to be the one looking at it every day, so go with what you like best.
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Update - Staining


I had a few details to finish up before I started staining. The first was drilling and countersinking holes to mount the radiator, and to hold the side panels in place.

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Next, I added some feet to allow air in through the bottom. They're inset from the edges a bit, so they're hidden when the case is on the floor. Attached with glue and clamps, of course.

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Even from a pretty low angle, it still seems to be floating.

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For the stain, I went with sample #4 from my tests, which isn't nearly as red IRL as it appears in these pictures. It's two layers of stain, on top of a sealer, each of which needs to be applied when the previous layer is wet. I also managed to get myself completely covered with stain, so I don't have any pictures while I was working on it, only after I was finished. The yellow lines on the inside are from before I realized how important it was to use the proper color glue, and to clean up. They won't show... the inside will be just barely visible through the radiator and right side vent.

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The seam almost completely disappeared on the side panels, really happy with how they turned out.

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After a coat or two of polyurethane, I need to paint the steel parts, then it's time to start installing stuff!
post #103 of 120
That looks amazing. What color are you painting then steel parts??
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Thanks. Flat black, nothing fancy. The screws will be the same color. I just don't want beat up grey parts showing if anyone looks down through the radiator biggrin.gif
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Originally Posted by davecasa;13839913 
Thanks. Flat black, nothing fancy. The screws will be the same color. I just don't want beat up grey parts showing if anyone looks down through the radiator biggrin.gif

That sounds great. Are the parts going to match the radiator or are you going to paint the radiator as well?
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Radiator is already flat black... I wouldn't want to paint it anyways, I'm not sure how much of an impact that would have on cooling. So it should all match biggrin.gif
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It is looking amazing. Now I have seen the whole case stained I agree that the darker colour works well. I would love to see it in person.

I can still see the join but only if I really look for it, and even then it disappears if I stop concentrating. You wont be able to see much through the rad and fans, even if you illuminate the interior, so I wouldn't worry about the glue showing up.

Great work all round, looking forward to seeing it assembled.
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Oh I likely! I personally like darker stains but this one looks great.
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I just read through your build log and this looks great. Nice, clean woodworking here. Did you use the pre-conditioner? Spotswood recommended that pre-conditioner to me also so I bought a quart, and on oak it made an incredible difference.

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Looking good so far. thumb.gif
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