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Old 12-18-2011, 07:36 PM   #241
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And of course, there was the obligatory shots of where I stand in high def.

After the second coat, but before buffing (with flash)


Same thing (without flash)

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This morning I managed to get buff the 2nd coat of polyurethane on the one back, two sides, four tops and four bottoms, as well as buff the 1st underside coat of all 16 shelves. I gotta say... doing the shelves first, and seeing all the screwed up spots that appear in the first coat of polyurethane, really got me down. It's probably the only thing I hate about working with this stuff... the first coat is always a disappointment, no matter how careful you are with it. Sure it becomes lovely again once you slap the second coat on, but it's still a heartbreak seeing all your work come out so crummy every time you sand a first coat carefully.

While I was waiting for the images to upload, I managed to get the third coat on that back, those sides, and a second top coat on all shelves. I'm headed in the direction of getting the tops/bottoms their third coat, then a second underside coat for all of the shelves. Ideally, I'd get a couple more sides/backs done tonight, or the lighting ordered.

We'll see where I finish when everything's on the table, but here's where I stand now:

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As planned, I managed to get the tops and bottoms their third coat, put the second coat on the underside of the shelves, and the first coat on one back and the remaining eight sides pieces. Sure is starting to feel like progress!

Because it's been dark out for about five hours now and I do all sanding on the back patio, I don't want to even think about buffing tonight. I'll leave that for the next time there's daylight when I have time to work on this project again... Thursday!

Of course, I couldn't go to bed without a 3rd coat shot or two...


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Progress continues!

Yesterday I buffed out the second coat on both sides of all 16 shelves and buffed down the first coat on the remaining 8 carcass sides, then put the second coat on the sides only. I would have finished the shelves, but we went to a friend's house for dinner and then I caught the Itis on the way back. I didn't take any pictures because it's much of the same... glossy wood.

I hope to have the underside of the shelves with the 3rd coat today, get the second back piece done, and have two 24" units fully assembled before bedtime.

Here's where I stand...

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There's a rather... socially awkward guy at work. He gets ribbed on rather often due to his numerous slip-ups and lack of world experience in work settings.

I started working on a (humorous) Christmas gift to him that is sure to give the guys in the office a chuckle. Lets call it the "Mul Project". It's a solid cherry plaque of 11-7/8" x 15-1/8" x 5/8" that I plan to finish similarly to the bookshelves, but stained Minwax color "Red Chestnut" (as shown in the samples a while back).

It also gives me the opportunity to play with staining a larger piece of cherry, using an oil-based pre-stain conditioner, and masking off areas for adhesion.
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On with the Mul Project!

For a little backstory, this guy has two very prominent joking points. The first is about a non sequitur tattoo he got on a whim which features a dead tree, glossy jewel tone circular saw blades and sibling initals. The second is about a series of hammy web cam recording outtakes that he unwittingly released into the wild... in which he raises one eyebrow, looks dead into the camera and says "This is how <his name here> gets the ladies" in an attempt at a suave voice.

This plaque is going to be a mix of both running jokes.

So yesterday, I went into town looking for a dog tag engraving machine. I figured for a couple of dollars, it was going to be the quickest and easiest way to get engraved metal on the plaque. All I'd have to do is punch a second hole in the other side of the dog tag. Easy, right? Nope. The Lowe's that I could swear had a machine for that didn't. Woops, guess I went to the wrong location. Home Depot didn't either. Went to Pet's Mart, who charged me $10/tag, but did laser engraving on a matte black finish. Perfect.


(sorry about the blur... still getting used to the new camera)

I came home and grabbed one of the 7" x 36" glue-ups I got from Marleene a while back. I promptly cut it in half and glued it up. I gave the thing 2 hours before I tried to put it in the planer, but before I could even get it to pass through once, the glue joint failed. Luckily not in the machine. So, I planed each half separately, re-ripped the glue line, and back into the clamps it went for the rest of the day.


(image is from before planing)

And here's the old 10" rusty sawblade (Craftsman original) that came my radial arm saw, covered in numerous coats of glossy jewel tone golden yellow.



I just put another coat on it because I left fingerprints in it last night, but otherwise it's practically done.
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And more progress! Completed everything I wanted to get done (except the second backing, which is drying now...), plus the first unit assembled!

Dry fitting for the second time and discussing the assembly method.



A little closer...



In its place!



Closer...



(Almost) too close...



Feeling like I'm on the top of world right now. Certainly over 100 hours into this project already, not including research and tooling.
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Project Mul made some headway as well while everything was drying.

Planed 1/128" each side (to remove misalignment ridge along seam). Finish cut to size. Orbital sanded front/back 60-80-120. Routed a Roman ogee on the front. Orbital sanded front/back 180-220. Hand sanded ogee and broke rear edge 120-180-220. Conditioned and stained both sides.



The blade is nearly dry too. During its fourth coat, somebody put a newspaper on (luckily only) one tooth, which caused it to stick. Badly. We're about 6 hours into drying the fifth coat.
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The second back finished drying around 9pm, and we spent 10pm to midnight assembling it. Hope the neighbors couldn't hear the Paslode...

The sup isn't very happy with that dado...

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Minwax 'Red Chestnut' stain on the 5/8" cherry plaque...

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I came across this home, of all places, online. Indeed, the images you're about to see are the ones that were listed on the MLS entry. I did not take these, nor do I feel there are enough to adequately show the "before" condition of the home. They're intent on showing the good side of the property, while I'll be focusing on a few of the negative aspects. All the same, I didn't take move-in photos, so they'll have to be enough, along with my words.

Built in 1958, this home was one of the first subdivisions that established this city. Originally a railroad-driven community, these homes were built economically for the working class. As a result, the entirety of my subdivision was built with flat roofs. In the last fifty years, most have been replaced with a sloped roof, including this one. Luckily, I have one of the few that was built on footings, as most of my neighbors "enjoy" slab-on-grade.

It was originally approximately 1200 sq ft, compared to the 950-1000 sq ft neighbors, but underwent a garage conversion some time in the last 10 years. At 1390 sq ft, there's certainly enough room for the two of us. In fact, we had enough space left over that I moved my father in. He's a career carpenter, so there's no lack of tools and construction expertise should I need it. Sometimes he swings a hammer around here, but mostly it's me doing the fiddling.

The entire home was originally stucco'd, in that horrible shade of avocado that can't be described, but is best seen on antique appliances. Over the years, the front was given vinyl siding, then vinyl dual-pane windows on all sides, and lastly the stone vaneer that you see here. In this weather, it looks like it's painted yellow, but it's not. No, the vinyl has slowly aged. In normal sunlight, the top of the vinyl appears this color yellow while the bottom appears bone white. The color scheme just doesn't work for me, though you'll notice that between the stone, roof and scant number of trim pieces, I'm fairly locked into at least half of it being earthy tones.
nice looking. great can you tell me more information about your house like how make it???
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nice looking. great can you tell me more information about your house like how make it???
Not sure I understand what you're asking.

Are you asking why style of construction it is, or how I built it, or...?
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Project Mul is moving along nicely. All three coats of poly are on the front, and the third coat is drying on the back. The saw blade still has a slight chemical smell to it when you really stick your nose right up to it, so I'm going to be gentle and assume that it'll cure over the next... days, weeks or months. I'm at the point of selecting the hardware to attach the engraved tags, and have pulled out the tube of construction adhesive to warm up in the house. I had forgotten to remove the old tube of gutter goop, so I had to fight to get the inside of the tube unstuck from the plunger of the caulking frame.

A lesson learned the hard way: when staining, don't think you can stain the backside before the front is dry. When I flipped it over to stain the backside, the front side sucked some of the dye out of the newspaper it was lying on. I quickly flipped it back over and worked most of it off with a paper towel, but some is still in there.

Also, a note on Minwax formulations. The standard formulation, which I purchased in a quart is totally different that what I have been working with thus far. It has a very similar consistency to the Minwax (Oil-based) Wood Conditioner... it's pervasive, gets everywhere, and feels like a thin layer of motor oil when it gets on your fingertips. I can see now why some people just do not like working with it.

Up til I stained Project Mul, I've been working with a Minwax 250-VOC gallon because California law prohibits the sale of the regular formulation in the gallon size (also OH, IN, IL, and most of the Northeast US). The label says that this product is thicker because of added resins and my experience is that the added thickness makes it easier to work with. However, if you don't wipe it off within 20 minutes (label calls for 5-15 minutes), it'll get so tacky that it'll rip apart cheapo brand paper towels trying to wipe it off. It doesn't drip, spreads very evenly, and levels well enough. But, I can see that I wouldn't want to stain an entire floor with it the way pros do (pour a pool, spread it around, buff it off) because it'd probably be tacky by the time you got a room spread around and you'd go through countless buffing pads trying to get it back up.

Quarts match quarts. Gallons match gallons. Trying to match colors across regular quarts and 250-VOC gallons is not going to work. Do not mix them together, or you'll get a horrible mess because they use different bases.

Regular Minwax Wood Finish can be top coated in 6 hours, while 250-VOC takes 8 hours.

The product labels and website often disagree. Label says 5-15 minutes, then wipe, and done in one coat. Website says a couple seconds to no more than 5 minutes, and it takes two coats. Just make a standard and stick to it for consistency.

Lastly, a note on coverage. The 250-VOC can says it covers 500 sq ft. I just stained ~275 sq ft of red oak plywood and used about 1/8 of the can. Same thing with the Minwax Water-based Oil-modified Polyurethane in Semi-Gloss... says a can coats 500 sq ft. I've done 3 coats each on about 250 sq ft (total 750 sq ft), and I've used less than half of the can. I tried putting it on thicker, but it ends up just glopping and needing more sanding; it just doesn't level right if you put it on too thick. Thinning with 10-25% mineral spirits may help, but I haven't tried it.
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More progress on the bookcase. Taught the wife to stain (and carefully watcher her) the second set of backings. Got one layer of poly on them last night, then buffed this morning and put on the second coat. Buffing and third coat goes on at 12:20pm.



Also located and drilled for the electrical on the two existing units. I figure there's no way I could measure accurately enough to do the electrical cut-outs before assembly. So, I fabricated one of the spacers I'd designed (okay, so I really just wire nailed two pieces of scrap together for the correct thickness), then placed each of the cabinets in its proper place. I then marked their location on the base, pulled them down, stuck two red pens in opposite corners (ie, top-left and bottom-right) of the electrical box, put the cabinet back in place, and moved the pens to mark the back side of the carcass while holding it from falling on my head.

Once I took the cabinets back down, I just drilled directly between the two red dots I'd created with a 1/2" spade bit, put the cabinet back in place, and marked a red dot through the center of the hole. Dead on center of each receptacle. Once everything's leveled, aligned and shimmed, I'll carefully cut each opening for the box extender.

Oh yeah, box extenders. Forgot to talk about them. They look like so.



There's a video on Amazon if you'd like to see how they work, but essentially they provide up to 1-1/2" of extra box depth, especially good for recessed or buried boxes (due to addition of drywall, paneling, etc after electrical box installation). They're approved for use with both metal and plastic boxes, and cover completely under a standard size receptacle cover or switch plate. There's 2-, 3-, and 4- gang models also, but you can use multiple 1-gang pieces and trim the wings off where they meet also. I picked up 3 from the Big Orange yesterday ($2.97/ea) to play with, and ordered another 10 from Amazon ($9.38/5pk with Prime).

I'm also considering putting two or three receptacles in the toe kick, but have to check on code compliance first.
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Looking back at Page 7, I realized that I never updated on the neighbor paintball situation. The renter neighbors that liked to play rap loudly all night until the sun came up, and then resume at noon the next day.

I watched the Sherrif's Department evict them a little over a month ago. That was a pretty sweet day. I made sure to "check the mail" at the mailboxes outside their house several times that day. Man, they either had friends over to help them move out or a straight ton of them lived in there.

It's already been re-rented out and, you guessed it, another bunch of people moved right back in. They're not nearly as noisy, but dang, they sure cram a lot of people in that house.

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