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This looks better and better with each update. Very impressed. I really like the aluminum. Nice touch. Two very contrasting mediums working together very nicely. To quote Raymond Calitri from Gone in 60 Seconds "Metal. Steel. It's cold. Ugly. Wood is warm. Clean. Provided by nature. To see a piece of furniture take shape. It's like watching a child grow"
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This looks better and better with each update. Very impressed. I really like the aluminum. Nice touch. Two very contrasting mediums working together very nicely. To quote Raymond Calitri from Gone in 60 Seconds "Metal. Steel. It's cold. Ugly. Wood is warm. Clean. Provided by nature. To see a piece of furniture take shape. It's like watching a child grow"

Thanks! Gone in 60 Seconds is one of my all time favorite movies... so I caught that quote before I even read who you were quoting lol

I really like the contrast of brushed aluminum and a darker wood. I feel like the case needed it, as it would have been just a box with some holes in it otherwise. The aluminum coming down the top, down the front, then around and across the side just ties the whole thing together more. That has always been the plan, with the aluminum strip defining the bottom cut off of the window. I must admit, it ended up looking even better than my original sketchup design made out to be...
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wow. this is going to truly amazing once finished! thumb.gif
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Thanks smile.gif
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loving the aluminum addition
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Thanks!
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Here's the short video for how I removed the sections of veneer where the aluminum will go
post #108 of 148
Nice way to do it. I did not know you could just remove it like that.
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Nice way to do it. I did not know you could just remove it like that.

Thanks. It's one of the main reasons I used hide glue for the veneer. It's an old school glue, thought to be the original glue used way back. The reversibility of it was key to this part. I could have done all the cutting and fitting before I glued it down, but this was WAY easier. That's something you just can't do with modern glues.
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I think it’s about time to get some finish applied to this thing…


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I sanded all the veneer to 320 grit to get it ready for finishing.


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I taped off the stripe where I’ll be gluing the aluminum down. I’m not too worried about glue not sticking to the finish, but more screwing up the fit of the aluminum strip with the finish.


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First step in the finish was a few wiped on coats of Red Mahogany Danish Oil. I tested out quite a few different stains/oils/top coats on some scrap veneer before deciding on this Oil. It gave it a nice rich tone, with very little color change, surprisingly.


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I let that dry for 4 days.


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Next up I’m using Shellac for the top coat. This will also be wiped on.


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I ended up applying 4 coats of shellac, sanding with 400 grit between each coat.


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After the 4th coat, I sanded using 320, 400, 600, 800, and up to 1000 grit. Then I applied paste wax and buffed it with a rag. Quite the arm work out, I’m not conditioned for that lol


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It turned out quite shiny, and I really like the color.

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These are just set in there for now, but should give a good idea of what it’ll look like with the aluminum (which I’ve since “brushed” by using a 320 grit sanding block along a fence)

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Now it’s time to get the base finished. I had a little more work to do before that was ready

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I marked out center from top and bottom and left to right.


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I used a forstner bit to drill the hole for my 16mm switch.


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It required a little modification to the other part, to allow clearance for the ring holding the switch in place.


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That’ll do. Now time for some finish. I’ll spare all the shots between coats this time, though…


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I had experimented with a few different stains. I tried black, espresso, dark walnut, and black cherry. I settled on Espresso. I applied 2 wiped on coats of stain, and then 4 coats of tinted shellac. I did not sand between coats or buff with wax on this one, as I wanted to keep the grain of the oak more defined, since it was such a dark stain. I’m very pleased with how it looks.



Now that that’s done, it’s on to some of the finishing touches for later updates…

Thanks for checking it out smile.gif

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