002: a rolling base for my planer #4: stain tests, and drawer stops

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Blog entry by Gary Fixler posted 05-22-2009 11:38 PM 16774 reads 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 3: at last, a drawer Part 4 of 002: a rolling base for my planer series Part 5: staining »

Up early, I got a little done this morning before work. I tested 2 stains from my small stock pile on some scrap poplar, the same stuff I used in this rolling base.

Minwax wood stain tests

That’s Minwax “Golden Pecan 245” on the left, and “Red Oak 215” on the right. The pecan is less saturated than the online sample. The red oak is much less red, and much more like chocolate, but I like how it makes the poplar sort of look like a hardwood. I’m tentatively going to use that for everything. Though I would appreciate something like “Pickled Oak 260” for the cabinet, and “Ebony 2718” for the drawer front, I don’t think a tiny rolling stand for the planer is worth buying more anything. This project has been all about using up stuff I already have. The only purchase will be the 4 carriage bolts needed to mount the planer to the base. I don’t have any long enough.

Minwax wood stain test

I hand-cut some small pieces of scrap poplar previously ripped from the edge of a plank, sanded them up a bit, drilled some countersunk through-holes, and then used some stacked pieces of wood to get them sticking up past the face frame’s bottom by 1/4”, all automatically. I clamped, drilled some starter holes in the face frame, and drove in the screws.

They were too tall – the drawer front (behind the face) banged into them, so I actually used my Buck Bros. 6” block plane from Home Depot to shorten them. I’m terrible with planes, and it’s not the best plane, and not set up very well. I don’t yet know what I’m doing, but I’ve watched lots of online videos about their use, read up for awhile now, off and on, and I did sharpen the blade awhile back in the WorkSharp3000. It worked out pretty well. It’s certainly not pro work – not even close – but I got them how I needed them pretty quickly. I can imagine really liking planing with a proper, and properly-tuned plane.

drawer stops

Here’s the top one, seen from the inside. I just held the camera through the drawer hole and pointed it back at me:

top drawer stop

The stops work, and the drawer stops pretty close to flush. Sanding the entire front (drawer and face frame) helped, and cleaned up some dings, but I gave up on perfection. The drawer slides aren’t accurate enough to permit true perfection every close anyway.

I’m going to stain it today, and hopefully have enough time (8+ hours) to varnish it tonight. We’ll see. I’d like to be able to slap a handle on the drawer, bolt on the planer, and tuck it under the workbench tomorrow, early, so I can be on to the next thing ASAP. There’s still so much in my project queue, most of it shop upgrades, mods, and reworkings just so I can get to the real stuff at last.

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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#1 posted 05-22-2009 11:54 PM

Gary, better go with the pecan, shop dust won’t show so much ;-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#2 posted 05-23-2009 01:53 AM

Topamax hit it perfectly!

The only thing you want to have dust and shaving hiding is the new tool you bought- and your wife hasn’t seen.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#3 posted 05-23-2009 01:55 AM

Thanks for sharing Gary


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#4 posted 05-23-2009 05:31 AM

lew – now you tell me? geeesh….lol

nice work Gary. I would personally reinstall the rails – but thats because I’m anal like that – it would also mean much more work, and I’d probably also screw up the alignment while at it…. then I’d get pissed at the cart, and take it apart completely…. so – I think you chose wisely :o) on another note – I’d recommend upgrading that block plane at one point , unlike other planes that you might be tempted NOT to use- the block plane is the plane that usually gets used the most, even if you don’t usually work with hand tools. so you’d want a good one at that. buck bros can be tuned to work ok… but you’d be better off tuning and using a better block plane in the long run. it’s good for trimming, and finessing a perfect fit of drawers, doors, and other parts for that ‘flush on the money” closure.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#5 posted 07-22-2009 08:07 PM

Have you seen what either of those stains look like on poplar after a coat of lacquer has been applied?

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