3 pc.bookcase cabinet series #12: Learning Raised Panel Doors...the finishing

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Blog entry by oldguy2 posted 01-23-2021 11:43 PM 728 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 11: Raised Panel Door labor of love, 5 to go Part 12 of 3 pc.bookcase cabinet series series no next part

Six doors 16 inch by 29 inch. So what can I say I learned….my photo is over the megabite limit…no pic for you.
1. As I put on the Poly I knew these were the real show off part of the bookcase , the part anyone would look at more than the countertop or the shelf pieces.
2. All the sanding I had done on the wavy edges was about to pay off. The poly and color of the stain looked great. no extra dark spots to the end grain.
3. I had filled any gaps with wood putty that I thinned with a dab of water and made a slur. It dried real fast and smoothed very easy. dry to sand in minutes and went deep into any gaps.
4. Before sanding I used the pencil line trick on the flat faces before each grit to make sure I got all the surfaces. ( I got this ideas from The Wood Whisperer ).
5. These six doors have taken me since September with the family schedule I have and the half hour to and hour I might get any day. Interrupted by 2 child chairs, and wife’s surgury.
6. The open bridle joints were easy to glue and worth the effort. What I learned here was I had cut the stiles to length and of course I cut them just a bit SHORT> not what you want on doors. Cut stiles a little long and then you can shorten them…. a not so easy look on the corner of a door to make the edge look perfect with the tongue protruding over the stile.
7. So the goal is two coats on the front or 3 and one coat on the back. Hinges are overlay style and will arrange all the tops even, so I may do a tape line trick here or a string line. No handle are planned.

Any random thoughts are appreciated and I am close to posting the whole bookcase as a full project.
Thanks. Hal

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#1 posted 01-24-2021 10:18 AM

When taking pictures for LJ, I set my camera in VGA resolution; it is good enough on a computer screen.

One can resize one’s pictures with the program Paint 3 D in Windows.
Make a copy of the original and work on the copy.
Opening the file wit Paint 3D, one click on the “canvas” thumbnail. There one can change the number of pixels.
Then save the modified copy for publication on LJ.

VGA is only 640 X 480 pix.
High resolution pictures consume a lot of bandwidth and electricity.

-- Sylvain, Brussels, Belgium, Europe - The more I learn, the more there is to learn

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#2 posted 01-24-2021 01:45 PM

Hi Hall, if you have any capability to crop the photos on your phone, sometimes that is enough, and if needed, you can take a photo from farther away and then cropping will make the file much smaller. Yeah, I’d like to see those doors.

-- I intended to be a woodworker, but turned into a tool and lumber collector.

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#3 posted 01-25-2021 06:49 AM

Next you might be trying out Les Hastings curved raised panels !

-- Regards Rob

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