work bench #9: Frame for drawers and panels

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Blog entry by gpastor posted 03-12-2011 04:41 AM 7935 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I like the Shaker feel of this design. With the drawers and cupboard storage. I made my bench just the draws and no cupboard. I have had benches with open area or just a shelf under the top and they always ended up being a catch-all, so a set of drawers was a good alternative and you never have too much storage space that is close at hand.
I do not like painting wood but it keep well with the shaker look and I could save some money by buying poplar as the substrate. The poplar panels are 3/8” thick resawed from 4/4.

I tried Minwax water based wood stain clear tint base for the first time and I am very happy with the resolute. The clear base stain can be tinted to your choice of about 50 colors. I picked “Deep Ocean”

The water based stains dry quickly so I used a brush to apply it to a small area and wiping the excess off with a rag within 2-3 min. Minwax recommends to use a pre-stain conditioner to keep the grain from rasing but I had very little raised grain on my test peace that I did without the conditioner. I did lightly sand before applying a clear finish.

For the clear finished I used Minwax’s Polycrylic this is also a water base product. The clear topcoat makes the color look great and did not change the appearance of the color.

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#1 posted 03-14-2011 12:57 AM

Looks Great ;)
Blue is my favorite color and is also one of my main colors for my company :)

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#2 posted 04-05-2011 06:31 PM

Great looking bench, That blue really jumps out at you. I like it. Enjoy.

-- Don, North Carolina, Working full time at retired.

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