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Small update (as the remaining ones will be).


While dealing with the drawer fiasco, I decided to sand and prepare the left cabinet to be stained. Didn't take any pictures of that process because it's rather straight forward, and uninteresting. I did use some denatured alcohol after sanding to aid in dust removal. It worked really well.

You can see the used rag after wiping all the saw dust away vs. a clean rag:


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So after doing a first coat of stain on the cabinet, let it dry overnight, I realized I wanted to do a second coat on the bottom shelf, the front faces, and the left side. After I did and let that dry, I noticed I got sloppy and stained the inner two sides of the cabinet accidentally (or carelessly).

Now the old me probably would have said.. "oh well nobody is going to notice." However, the current me is thinking.. what the hell, I've spent a lot of money and tons of time into this, why not do it right?

So to prevent it from happening again and putting a third coat of errant stain on the bottom shelf I figured I could use some painters tape (you can see where I overlapped carelessly):


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I just realized the color of the stain is innacurate in the above pictures after taking them. It's because the flash was on.

After second coat on left, right and back side of the inner cabinet:


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The painters tape worked quite well, and I think the extra 20 minutes it took to restain the sides will be well worth it knowing it was done correctly (or at least to the best of my crappy ability).



The top drawer face (part 2) is picking up right where its predecessor left off with screwing with my brain. It fit fine until I attached it to the drawer, when it decided it didn't want to fit in the cabinet smoothly. The same left side was too big by 1/8" again. So I thought what the hell lets give the belt sander another shot. The SAME mistake I made last time almost happened again, I caught it before it got out of hand though.

Now the top drawer is angled downwards a few degrees causing the bottom edge to scrape the 2nd drawer when it's fully extended. So I have to fix that, and stain the drawer.

Me messing with the drawer: (ignore the dust on the bottom drawers, they aren't that ugly lol)


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That's it for today. Going to be putting some danish oil on the cabinet tomorrow, and will probably let that dry for a while before doing a light 1500 grit sanding, then I can start doing the top coats.
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Wow man, looks great.

Wish I had the patience.
    
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Originally Posted by Astonished;14943312 
Wow man, looks great.

Wish I had the tools.

Ditto the first line and fixed the second, to suit my sentiments. smile.gif

Great work man, just keep thinking how insanely awesome it will be once you're finished. thumb.gif

Oh and how good it'll fell knowing you built it. cool.gif
    
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looks pretty good!
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This is coming along great, I subbed. biggrin.gif
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What do I look like, a woodchuck expert? I have no idea. But I do know the answer to a related yet far lesser known riddle: how many pallet planks could a Petersik pry free if a Petersik could pry free pallet planks? You practice saying that five time fast while I walk you through the answer.
You know by now that the plan for our mondo 12′ long DIY console table (last shared here and here) was to build a rustic weathered-looking top out of some old pallets left in our yard by the previous owners (spotted in the background of this post).smile.gifsmile.gifsmile.gif
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Astonished;14943312 
Wow man, looks great.

Wish I had the patience.

Thanks. I have very little patience myself, so this has been a real test for me lol.
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Originally Posted by GanjaSMK;14943361 
Great work man, just keep thinking how insanely awesome it will be once you're finished. thumb.gif

Oh and how good it'll fell knowing you built it. cool.gif

Yeah, unless it turns out crappy. Then I'm stuck with a $400 200lb monitor stand lol.
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Originally Posted by GlockZoR IV;14943370 
looks pretty good!

Thanks smile.gif
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Originally Posted by NinjaToast;14943372 
This is coming along great, I subbed. biggrin.gif

Thanks smile.gif
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Originally Posted by Megastar12;14943377 
What do I look like, a woodchuck expert? I have no idea. But I do know the answer to a related yet far lesser known riddle: how many pallet planks could a Petersik pry free if a Petersik could pry free pallet planks? You practice saying that five time fast while I walk you through the answer.
You know by now that the plan for our mondo 12′ long DIY console table (last shared here and here) was to build a rustic weathered-looking top out of some old pallets left in our yard by the previous owners (spotted in the background of this post).smile.gifsmile.gifsmile.gif

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Rather boring update as usual today. Been busy staining and danish-oiling stuff. I still have ALOT of finishing to do. I haven't even begun with the top coats yet. I have to wait 72 hours after the danish oil application before I can add the poly. So there's going to be a lot of waiting this week.



Went to Home Depot again and picked up another sheet of plywood. I decided I want to double up the top so it's double the thickness.

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HD didn't cut it exact (as usual)

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I thought I could just use the tablesaw extended to max width to support the two pieces while gluing them. Not really happening.. there was quite a lot of bowing.

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Finally putting use to the 2x4s I used for my ghetto rig a couple weeks ago:

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Used like 1 1/2 bottles of glue haha:

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Ran out of clamps and long pieces of wood to clamp things down in the middle so I used a random box of heavy rocks, and bucket of water instead.

Sorry for the boring update, should have a decent one sometime near the middle-end of next week when the top coats start going on.
Edited by Backfat - 9/17/11 at 11:45pm
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Looking real good so far. I think your stain came out great.
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Looking real good so far. I think your stain came out great.

Thanks. At first I liked the staining process. Now I've grown to loathe it lol. Good thing all I have left to stain is the desk top, and the 2nd shelf. Actually I think I hate the danish oil process more, because it's much MUCH less idiot proof.



I actually had a question (although I don't know if anybody will read it).

I'm looking for some kind of lighting for the inside where the computer is going. I was going to get CCFLs, but I don't want them bright at all. I want something that looks like ambient lighting, white in color.
Any suggestions?
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good update, also lol'd at home depot

anyways you could get some soft lighting CCFLs but idk where you would get them. on the other hand, you could get regular white CCFLs and just wrap them in paper or the thin soft styrofoam wrapping to soften it out? since it will be under the desk anyways i don't think anyone would be able to see it
   
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