Wall Unit Project #1: Wood Gloat! Weekend Progress

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Blog entry by DS posted 03-04-2013 07:09 AM 3546 reads 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Wood Gloat:
My truck can barely carry this pallet.
124 pieces 23”W X 41”L of A-1 Maple Veneer on 3/4” PBC

From a local furniture company liquidating assets after bankruptcy.
Bargain basement price of $100 for the load.
I picked this up Friday during my lunch hour.

It took an hour and 45 minutes to unload this once i got it home.
Okay, so the first 40 minutes was cleaning a space out in the garage. Still, 1:45 wore me out before dinner.


So, what to do with all that plywood? First up—the Family Room Wall Unit


Some ratty old bookcases and a yard sale table were just getting by and are ready to be replaced with a nice built in wall unit.
This was taken Saturday morning almost 10am. Before taking this down, we needed a game plan and a drawing.



My wife got busy moving books off the shelves and we took the cases to another room where they got set up again. Okay, no actual demolition took place—just re-arranged things.

The dog wasn’t quite sure what to make of this disruption to his kingdom. I’m sure he thinks we’re crazy.



Yes, that is green…



Let there be light! These LED rope lights were less than $8 at HD and will create an accent light from behind the mosaic panel where the TV will be wall mounted. The framing creates a space behind the panel for the lights.

The top-most board and the bottom-most board are french cleats that will hang the mosaic panel when it is finished.



I was able to make short work of these cases in the garage. The interior shows off the nice Maple veneer panels that I got on Friday. At one point I realized that I miscut the partitions. After a brief moment of panic, I realized that I have a stack of these panels along the garage wall as tall as I am and that the mistake cost me about 60 cents. The interiors are sealed with vinyl sealer and pre catalyzed clear lacquer.

And that’s what I got done this weekend…
After work tommorrow I will start on the Maple Countertop and the Mosaic panel the TV will mount on.

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

8 comments so far

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#1 posted 03-04-2013 08:25 AM

Great buy on the panels and quite a good start on the wall unit.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 03-04-2013 10:19 AM

Great progress!!! Great Gloat!!! Great Lakes!!!

“Great Lakes”??? Things come in threes…..
I had to think of something off the top of my head.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#3 posted 03-04-2013 11:22 AM

Nice work so far DS, I’ll be watching…..

-- My mind is like lighting, one brilliant flash, then its gone.....

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#4 posted 03-04-2013 11:55 AM

Good for you. A perfect find.
The project is looking good. Are you able to finish those with sealer and lacquer at home too? Do you have a booth? I need to grow up and learn how to finish things.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#5 posted 03-04-2013 01:19 PM

I think this is worthy of a “You suck!”

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#6 posted 03-04-2013 03:54 PM

A filter and exhaust fan and I can manage small batches of finish in the garage.
It’s all about air flow control.

I ran these cabinets in three batches so the fumes wouldn’t get too far ahead of the exhaust fan.
Otherwise, lacquer dust settles on everything, but, it is manageable.
A good respirator makes a big difference too.

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

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Joe Lyddon

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#7 posted 03-04-2013 11:06 PM

Nice project!

Nice Job!

Looking GREAT!

Congratulations on finding the Clearance Sale!

Looking forward to seeing the next steps…

Thank you.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#8 posted 03-06-2013 02:46 AM

Nice haul on the wood.
I want your dog.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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