Roll Around Tool Cabinet #25: Sprayed on First Finish Coat

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Blog entry by HappyHowie posted 03-11-2017 04:46 AM 1082 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I began spraying finish on my tool cabinet today. I was undecided whether i should spray polyurethane or lacquer over the seal coat of aerosol clear Zinsser’s Shellac. i decided to give both a test. i sprayed MinWax polyurethane to the insides of this cabinet including the four shelves, but i also sprayed it on the backside of this cabinet.

So for all other surfaces on this cabinet I sprayed Deft lacquer. Those surfaces were the panel top, both sides of the cabinet plus the cabinet’s face frame parts plus both sides of all four doors.

In about four hours i sprayed on two liberal coats of finish.

Tomorrow , maybe, I will spray two or three more finish coats. Then I will mount the seven drawers with the 18 inch full-extension metal drawers slides. After the drawers I will screw on the rare earth magnetic door catches. That should complete the build of this project.

You can tell from the photo below that I used a Rust Oleum Comfort Grip handle to spray their finish from these cans. It did make it easier for me to operate the spray cans.

Temperatures was in the mid-60s. I opened my garage door plus the back door so I would have clean air pushing through the shop. I used my 3M respirator to protect my lungs and breathing. Things went well, but I did sweat today.

i am letting these coats dry overnight before I do anything else.

The images above were taken after spraying the last of the finish coats for the day. To show the contrast of using finish on this cabinet compare the photos above where the finish coat is still wet and last photo shown below that was taken just prior to spraying finish coats. There is a huge difference, isn’t there? I believe it also enhances the color of my dye mix.

-- --- Happy Howie

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#1 posted 03-11-2017 09:05 PM

Sure looks like the tool chest is coming along nicely, great storage.

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#2 posted 03-12-2017 05:45 AM

I have been surprised how thirsty the Baltic Birch plywood panels have been. These are the 1/4 inch thick plywood panel parts that I sandwiched into the grooved poplar hardwood frames. I had sanded them thoroughly before and after fastening them into the frame parts. During this finish spraying process, I am discovering how much lint from the scuff pad and cloth rags are being wedged into this plywood’s grainy surface. I have to assume raising the grain when I wiped on the water based dye has caused this condition.

I stopped using the scuff pads immediately when I discovered what was happening. I went to a 320 grit sandpaper instead. I only lightly scuff the surfaces. I do not want to sand the surface to the point of showing bare wood.

Other than using denatured alcohol instead of distilled water to dilute the TransTint dye, I do not know what else I could have done to prevent this condition. I am also searching for a process or a way to mitigate this state of tiny lint fibers stuck in my plywood grain. I can’t see sanding the surfaces, over and over again. I am wondering if I should use some furniture wax on top of the lacquer I have sprayed. I think that may help plus it would enliven the wood with some moisture from the wax, or give the appearance of it.

I did spray two more coats of finish today. I am thinking it will require only one more coat tomorrow. At certain moments late this afternoon it seemed like the plywood would never get full. It would always need another coat of finish. Is that possible? It has been so thirsty. Of course, I will be checking it again tomorrow in the sunlight of day.

So once I have the finish coats completed, I can then turn my time to making the jig to hang the drawers into its bay. The jig will simply be two panels of 1/2 inch plywood or MDF cut to the length of the highest mounted drawer in the bay. Once those metal slides are screwed in and tested, I will cut the length of the jig for the next drawer to be hung, and so on…

I also have rare earth magnetic door catches to screw into place so my doors will not accidently open.

-- --- Happy Howie

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