Land of Nod #4: Odds, Ends, and the Finishing Begins!

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Blog entry by byerbyer posted 03-06-2014 07:54 PM 1884 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well it’s been a couple weeks and the bitter cold snap has slowed the progress a bit.. but here’s the progress since we last met.
I wrapped up the Toddler Rail joinery… voila!

And surface prepped the walnut for finishing with some P220 on an ROS and P320 by hand. I was originally planning on just using my #4 and skipping the sanding (as much as possible) but I chickened out…

I brought all the dowels home from Dad’s shop to my cozy (and down right COLD) garage for prep, prime, and painting. I have to say, by and large, I was impressed with the uniformity of the the BORG dowels I used. I used 1” x 72” box store poplar dowels and was able to cut around the majority of the twist/warped nature of a BORG dowel. The biggest thing I would worn against when using these in the future, is to check that they are a relatively “true” circle. I ended up with a few that looked like the cutters weren’t aligned when cutting the two halves so there was a ridge on either sides where the arcs didn’t meet… Lets just say, you can sand it until you can’t feel the ridge, but a little primer or semi-gloss paint will let you know you didn’t sand enough VERY quickly.

I taped off the ends of the dowels to leave some raw material for a good glue surface, but not so much as there’s a risk of bare poplar showing through. I gave myself about a 1/4” of “fudge” room on both top and bottom.

Here’s a shot of the priming strategy (Black Jack Porter optional.)

I’d hope to paint the dowels in this fashion too, but the square brush on a round surface didn’t yield to finest results… Luckily I work for a residential/commercial cabinet shop so I borrowed our gravity feed HVLP gun for the weekend, bought a little Floetrol, and dug out my respirator for a little fun.

I was able to paint about 30% of the dowels before the weather turned frigid last weekend so I had to move the “spray booth” to the unfinished basement. Side note, even with drop cloths on 4 walls and the floor most of the 1200 sqft basement is covered in fine white powdery overspray, but hey I can cross that item off the to-do list!

Well, once again you’re all caught up. See you again in a couple week with a finishing update and hopefully some shots of the headboards glued-up!

PS I had to include this because I was annoying the girlfriend all weekend roaming the house in this mask quoting “Are you my mummy?” from Doctor Who.

-- Byer-- "Comparison is the thief of joy" -- T.R. Roosevelt

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#1 posted 03-06-2014 09:24 PM

nice progress! Curious about your spraying method. I use an HVLP and have only gotten so-so spraying results when spraying paint.

Did you use the floetrol as a thinner? Curious to hear what your method was to get the right visocity through your gun.

-- Steve

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#2 posted 03-07-2014 03:01 PM

Steve – I’m far from an expert, but Floetrol isn’t a thinner per-say, but gives the paint a little more open time so it flows/levels out better after being atomized by the spray gun. It helps avoid a orange peel like finish. I used water as a thinner, but very sparingly. I’d venture it was about 16:1 paint to water/floetrol but I didn’t really measure it precisely.

-- Byer-- "Comparison is the thief of joy" -- T.R. Roosevelt

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#3 posted 03-08-2014 01:17 AM

Jason – that makes sense. Up til now I’ve been thinning using windshield washer fluid – I know it sounds weird, but there are folks on the internet that swear by it. Like I said, so-so results overall. I’ll give the water/floetrol a shot and see if that gives me a smoother finish.

-- Steve

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