Sewing Center

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Blog series by SouthpawCA updated 12-08-2009 09:29 PM 4 parts 28494 reads 19 comments total

Part 1: The Sewing Center in Progress

07-27-2009 01:23 AM by SouthpawCA | 6 comments »

I decided to try and take on bigger and more intricate projects. My wife wanted a sewing cabinet for all her sewing supplies, including the sewing machine, which are now kept in a bin in the garage. Each time she wanted to sew something, I had to get the bin in from the garage and she would have to dig through all the stuff and eventually she’d start her project. I decided to make it out of poplar for a couple of reasons. First – she wanted to try painting it with some decor...

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Part 2: Stained Poplar using MinWax Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner (yellow can)

08-23-2009 10:09 PM by SouthpawCA | 11 comments »

I didn’t really listen and I should be spanked!!! I am now going to stain the sewing center. I knew I had to actually condition the wood because it is poplar. But instead of doing the 50/50 mix of shellac and denatured alcohol or as I read on a can of Zinsser Bulls Eye SealCoat (which is shellac) a 3 parts denatured alcohol to 2 parts SealCoat mix, I thought I save myself some time and just condition the poplar with MinWax Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner (the yellow can – they also ...

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Part 3: "Stained" Poplar

08-31-2009 12:22 AM by SouthpawCA | 2 comments »

I tried a number of different applications that would enable me to stain the poplar on the sewing cabinet. None really worked all that well. I sanded the doors down to bare wood and was ready to call it quits and paint it like I had intended in the first place. That’s when I stumbled upon the bottle of TransTint Reddish Brown #6003 that I had left over from a project a few months ago. I figured I might give that a try. I mixed the TransTint into a quart of Varathane WATERBASED poly...

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Part 4: Finished Just in Time

12-08-2009 09:29 PM by SouthpawCA | 0 comments »

OK … so all the trials I had with the finish have been overcome. However, next time I do anything with poplar I’m going to use milk paint. All in all it turned out pretty nice and it is being used already. Here is a pic of the finished project. More will be added to the Projects page.

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