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1) Two coats of gel stain + 4-5 coasts of Arm-r-seal

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This. Do this color!! Looking good.

I didn't really read through your thread so much as I thumbed through the pictures. That being said this late update looked great. I'll be following this one.
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This. Do this color!! Looking good.

I didn't really read through your thread so much as I thumbed through the pictures. That being said this late update looked great. I'll be following this one.

Thanks.

Yeah, I really love the dark chocolate look. I almost wish I went with a satin finish over the semi-gloss. It'll be fine though.

I do like the process involved with the first method, less work. I do love the prismatic look from the second method however. You can't see it in the picture, but it's like looking at one of those color shifting paint jobs.. but obviously much less outrageous. You can see a deep red sheen behind the brown when you look in light.

I'll probably end up still using the danish oil regardless. It makes for a very nice sanding sealer so that I can have a completely flat base for the top coats. On the previous samples where I didn't use sanding sealer, it was bumpy and as gritty as hell.
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regardless its a nice color. I would imagine that color is probably the lesser of your problems lol. but the sealer is definitely a must lol
   
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Originally Posted by chinesethunda;14870616 
regardless its a nice color. I would imagine that color is probably the lesser of your problems lol. but the sealer is definitely a must lol

Yeah. It is, and it isn't. The finish is the first thing you notice about any piece of furniture. And really you only get one shot at it to make it right (with plywood anyway). So the finishing worries me most at this point (moreso than routering the groove for the plexiglass).



Anyways, yesterday I went to Home Depot again (I swear I live there). Picked up some pegboard, more screws, magnetic catches, and a few more corner braces.


On to photos.

Gluing the bottom shelf in place:

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Also screwed more corner braces to the bottom of the mobo tray:

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More bracing for the lower shelf:

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Gluing in the bottom piece of the face frame:

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So I decided instead of having a stationary 2nd shelf, I'd much rather have it adjustable. Hence the pegboard I bought. Going to use that as a template for holes. Also picked up some shelf peg thingy mabobs.

Because of that, I had to shave off a very thin splice off of the 2nd shelf so it could easily be moved around. The length I had it cut to was just tight enough for it to be stationary (and I mean it was a TIGHT fit).

This is why I love the table saw so much:

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Starting to assemble the right cabinet that will hold the three drawers:

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After assembling the three pieces, I realized I had a huge structural flaw in the design. There is no front piece to brace the other three sides, so I had to come up with a solution. I figured I could do this:



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Now you may be saying to yourself, 'holy over engineered batman.' However I'd much rather have it over-built and strong enough that an elephant could tap dance on it, then have it weak and wobbly like some particle board piece of crap you'd find at Walmart or Ikea. I plan to have this desk for AT LEAST 10 years, so I want to build it to last.

In the 2nd last picture you can see an empty box of screws. That's the 2nd box I've gone through so far (200 screws lol). Have to run to Home Depot again tomorrow for more corner braces and screws.

Almost done with cabinet construction. Probably start sanding/staining this weekend, or shortly after. I also have the bear task of getting all the drawer rails in the correct spot. And something is telling me the drawers are like 1/8" too wide. So I may need to jerry rig some dado cuts with the router. Not looking forward to that at all.
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looks like a sick desk coming along well. keep us posted
   
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Originally Posted by chinesethunda;14883991 
looks like a sick desk coming along well. keep us posted

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So this update is going to kind of be all over the place. Since the majority of the structure is built, all that's left are the loose ends. Which happens to be quite a bit.


Yesterday I was looking at the placement of my printer and receiver in the left cabinet and soon realized there was a huge problem.

I designed it to look like

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The left cabinet front panel was to be 13.5" tall, but with that design I'd end up having to stack the printer on top of the receiver like:

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Obviously not ideal, and still barely any clearance for the front piece of wood.


So after racking my brain, Occam's Razor kicked in and I decided to just cut 2.5" inches off the front piece of wood.


More hours of edge banding/sanding birch onto oak plywood (lol.. still wish I stuck with oak banding).

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Setting up the pegboard to drill holes for the upper shelf:

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Don't own a .... forgot what the particular drill bit is called.. so pink duct tape will have to do so I don't drill through the other side.

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The package of pegs said to drill 1/4" holes. Thank god I tested it on scrap wood first because 1/4" ended up being too large. Good thing I had a 15/64" bit, which was the PERFECT size.

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Muuuuch better:

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Ended up testing the width of the drawers in the cabinet with the rails:

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It's a TIIIIGHTT squeeze, and I mean tight. You couldn't fit a piece of paper in between the slides and the wood. At first I thought it was too tight, and that I would have to dado cut the drawers. On closer inspection, as long as the slides end up screwing in EXACTLY flush, and exactly the way they are now.. it will work. That's a big if though.


**useless info**

So I decided to edge band the two pieces of wood that make up the left cabinet front face. I didn't want to just glue them together because they would look like once piece of wood. The very thin edge banding in between the pieces creates the aesthetic that they were designed to look like two pieces (to match the right side cabinet).

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Gluing on the right piece of facade wood to the left cabinet:

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Gluing the front face on:

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Aaand done for today. I'll probably have another update tomorrow or Sunday.
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good update. that was clever how you have the printer in there will the right side just be drawers and such?
   
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Originally Posted by chinesethunda;14889053 
good update. that was clever how you have the printer in there will the right side just be drawers and such?

Yep. The right side will be only 3 drawers. Gigantic drawers though. The drawers themselves are about 15-20lbs each. The drawer slides are rated at 90-100lbs I believe. They are QUITE deep though (23"), so I can fit a lot of junk in them.
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thats good, i like big drawers, lots of stuff to put in them. and then you have your keyboard tray. I hope thats also nice and big. I personally hate small keyboard trays that don't slide out very far -_- lol
   
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I think this idea!
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