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Well so I'm still hoping to be done by tomorrow. It's not up to me, it's up to how the top coat of poly treats me.


After 6 coats of poly, I wasn't happy with its evenness. I guess the method I'd been using (foam brush application and wiping off the excess with a cloth) wasn't ideal. I ended up sanding aggressively with 600 grit (probably went through two coats). It was smooth as marble or polished granite. Applied another coat yesterday with a rag only, no brush. It turned out much better, but not the best I think I can get. So I'm going to give it a light 1500 grit wet sand, and apply what will hopefully be the last coat tonight.

TLDR:




Reflection from the mirror looks crazy. This camera and flash makes everything look unnatural and not how it looks in person. Every picture looks way too bright and the color of the wood isn't as "brown" as shown. It's much darker, like ebony.


Switched to this super wide gorilla tape I found at HD. It's SO strong and sticky.













Same deal with the keyboard tray as with the desktop. It wasn't as smooth as I'd like it, so I sanded it too. The rest of the desk I didn't care as much about, but the pieces that I'll come into contact with daily I want to be immaculately smooth.





That's what the desktop looked like just before the first picture in this post. Clean wiping with a damp rag and another coat of poly will solve all.

Going to get somebody to help me lift the top into place tomorrow (hopefully the last coat of poly cooperates with me).
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looks good. cant wait for it to be done
   
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So I woke up after putting the 7th coat of poly on last night. I was not impressed again. I had a feeling it would not turn out good because it was drying too fast while I was applying the next section, so there were streaks. I gave it a quick 1500 grit sanding and hoped for the best for the 8th and hopefully final coat. I was adding slightly more poly to the cloth than last time to ensure it wouldn't dry IMMEDIATELY after wiping on.







Ignore the white crap in the cracks of the cutout hole. It's just dried stains from wet sanding, it'll wipe right off when done. This should be the final product, I'm generally satisfied with the outcome of the top coat. I don't think I can get it much better without having a professional sprayer. It's funny how reflective the satin poly ends up looking after sanding it down so much, it SO smooth, like a polished marble kitchen counter haha. Hard to believe it's plywood underneath. You could play air hockey on it.




Also got the keyboard tray attached after a successful repair poly application last night.





Ignore the white specs on the tray, they are dead pixels in my old PoS camera, not specs of dust


Should be finished today barring catastrophic failure.
Edited by Backfat - 10/8/11 at 7:28am
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looks pretty pro. I don't see the white specs from the camera. but otherwise looks good. It's really sturdy right?
   
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Oh looks so shiny! hope it comes out like you want it too
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Been following this sense the get go, you've done a great job. If only I didn't have a girlfriend living in my apt id be inspired to build myself a desk right in my living room haha. I can't wait to see it finalized.

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That top looks amazing. Its making me want to revisit my desk and get out the sandpaper. I don't think I could do 7-8 coats though. 2 coats of stain and 2 of poly and I called it quits.

Keep up the good work.
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Thanks guys Desk is finished. Just need to fix the top drawer, it's giving me problems. I'll hopefully have it fixed and take pics tonight when it gets dark
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Stop procrastinating with useless posts! We want pictures!
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Stop procrastinating with useless posts! We want pictures!
Hehe well I have a blurry, discolored teaser. For whatever reason this crap ass camera always takes blurry shots whenever the flash is disabled. Very annoying.






I was going to take more of the entire thing but I got pissed off because I ended up trying to screw in a wall hanger for my guitar next to the desk, but the piece of trash anchors (I NEVER have gotten wall anchors to work for me) didn't work and now I have 4 huge holes in my wall. So I'm dealing with that instead.
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