3 pc.bookcase cabinet series #5: Staining and lessons learned

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Blog entry by oldguy2 posted 06-23-2020 11:57 PM 437 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 4: Shopsmith and Bookcases and Cutting Poplar Part 5 of 3 pc.bookcase cabinet series series Part 6: Alot of holes and look at this Poplar »

Lesson 1. From Charles Neal…there are finishers and builders. finishers sand and dry fit and assemble its work but easier to sand before assembly. Builders put the project together then sand and finish it. Lesson 2. From Finishing 101 by Bob Flexner. many tips on brushes, stains, poly finishes. costs about $11 on the web. worth every dollar.
Lesson 3. Staining 11 shelves and 3 tops in over 100 temps even outdoors in the shade. Wow. the wood is warm the stain drying fast as I work it. A new experience not wet for a few more minutes almost dry in moments. Fun just so different and I have worked a lot of projects at 68 years old. This was Varathane Early American on Poplar and it was great to see the swirls and some lines pop out and not hidden even with this walnut like color. Lesson 4. I will be applying a water base poly in these conditions. Now I am more aware how fast I can and cannot work with it. I think a test run is in order to learn about the poly drying. The good thing is most of these are flat surfaces, on the base sides and shelf and these 11 shelves. Later the sides of the bookcases same poplar. Next steps in this build are the parallel holes for the adjustable shelf pin holes. this is driving me crazy laying them out and planning where and how to get them even, spacing. I have the Kreg jig for shelf pins. I have used it, like it. 3 pair of sides to do. More posts coming Thanks. Hal

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#1 posted 06-24-2020 04:08 PM

Hey those shelves look nice. I wouldn’t guess they were poplar.

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#2 posted 07-06-2020 06:54 PM

Looking good!!!
Keep up the great work!!! LOL

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