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Project by Bill Huffman posted 05-21-2020 02:43 PM 1259 views 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Not long after building the shelves in my office, I started on the paneling. Again I used Poplar, and started with 3/4” rough which I dimensioned and let acclimate for a week.

I half-lapped all the main intersections, and mocked up each (3 total) panels for the office.

Once each frame was checked with initial fitting, I cut and assembled each framework, inserting plywood panels, and one last fit before staining and finishing.

The staining and finishing was the same as the shelves, and went smoothly.

After everything was finished, the panels were secured to the walls, I added some small finishing touches, and the project was finished.

The final fit was really smooth, all the back and forth before final finish helped this greatly. I also preferred building everything so it could be finished prior to final install instead of building directly on the wall which is how I have seen most homeowners do it online. I was working out of my office this whole time so I didn’t want to have days of finishing and sanding in my office while trying to work.

-- Im so impressed with what people can do, and I wonder how they do it. Thats what keeps me doing it.





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Andre

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#1 posted 05-21-2020 03:20 PM

Very ambitious, that Walnut look at 1/4 the cost but 4 times the labour! Heard about a guy that had his office paneled in Purple heart after having a Desk and bookshelf made from it, something like 800 sq/ft?

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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Bill Huffman

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#2 posted 05-21-2020 03:24 PM

Holy frights! I have only worked with Purple Heart from scraps, (pricey and the oxidation I didn’t like to work with)

Ive not priced it for years, but that had to have been expensive!

-- Im so impressed with what people can do, and I wonder how they do it. Thats what keeps me doing it.

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Bill Huffman

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#3 posted 05-21-2020 03:28 PM

The desk in the last picture is solid Jatoba and was actually pretty reasonable when I bought it. Ill have to post that sometime, the legs are made from a salvaged Boeing 777 Wing tip.

-- Im so impressed with what people can do, and I wonder how they do it. Thats what keeps me doing it.

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helluvawreck

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#4 posted 05-21-2020 03:37 PM

Bill, this is a very interesting post and you are doing a beautiful job on that paneling. Nice work!

-- helluvawreck aka Charles, http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

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mikeacg

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#5 posted 05-21-2020 04:13 PM

Bill,

Amazing job! And I was just about to ask you about the desk! I used to watch a show on Discovery Channel about a group who did furniture like that (moto art). I still get emails from there though I’m pretty sure I will never be able to afford one of there pieces!

Mike

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl, http://www.artcentergraphics.com

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Bill Huffman

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#6 posted 05-21-2020 04:33 PM

I have been blessed to be able to build for the pure joy of it for the past 25 years, and my overarching goal was just to have a fun place, (Victorian Laboratory?) to play in like you see in movies like Sherlock Holmes, The Time Machine, the HG Wells movies of the 70’s….that sort of thing. Thats why all the nicer cabinets are reddish brown woods, the whole deal will be eventually.

The entire shop will also be paneled like the office and so forth. Im still also figuring out how to get a huge standing chalk board in here like in the opening of Raiders of the lost ark.

-- Im so impressed with what people can do, and I wonder how they do it. Thats what keeps me doing it.

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tt1106

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#7 posted 05-21-2020 07:00 PM

Bill, You get props (ha! (Plane Pun)) for having such an interesting Office and desk. I really enjoy working with Poplar. Machines easily and looks great finished. Very nice job on the paneling. I am looking at doing something similar, but will be painting it.

Also, there are alot of other things I like about you. You have a nice workbench, with a bookcase at the end. anti fatigue mat, which tells me you like to use it. And you know how to sticker wood.

Be well.

-- -Todd

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recycle1943

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#8 posted 05-22-2020 12:09 AM

Very nice remodel Bill. Keep it up and you’ll not leave your office to go play in the shop

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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swirt

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#9 posted 05-22-2020 02:47 AM

Beautiful work.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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Strangar

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#10 posted 05-22-2020 04:15 AM

Wow

-- A man can never have enough tools. Now where did I put that hammer?https://www.instagram.com/wood.nerd

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Peteybadboy

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#11 posted 05-22-2020 10:23 AM

Great work! I did the same in my home in Katonah NY. I love what you did.

-- Petey

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totalrewind

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#12 posted 05-25-2020 01:23 PM

Wow! Super classy!
Also, if you don’t mind revealing your secrets, what was your finishing process?

-- For more projects (not just woodworking) check out my project blog at http://theheadlesssourceman.wordpress.com

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Bill Huffman

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#13 posted 05-25-2020 01:38 PM

Hi Totalrewind,

I used all water-based finishes from General Finishes. After sanding, I applied a wood conditioner/stabilizer to prevent blotching. You have a short period of time to apply the stain after that, I don’t remember how long you have, but its on the can.

I applied the Cinnamon stain with a cheap HVLP sprayer from Home Depot hooked to my 26 gal compressor. I mention this as I shot so much stain, that I did have some condensation issues in the line. I do have a proper water trap at the compressor, but with long air hoses it condensed in the hose. Something to be aware of.

After staining I applied Ebony stain for some faux weathering/aging. I started with an airbrush where I wanted tight or subtle darker area’s, then used the HVLP sprayer for the rest.

After that I used a clear water-based satin finish for the entire project. light sanding in between and 2 more coats.

That’s the short version, I did this same process on my shelves and the finish has held up very nicely on all of it.

-- Im so impressed with what people can do, and I wonder how they do it. Thats what keeps me doing it.

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Bill Huffman

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#14 posted 05-25-2020 01:41 PM

Phase 3 will be a classic coffered ceiling…....

-- Im so impressed with what people can do, and I wonder how they do it. Thats what keeps me doing it.

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Tony1212

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#15 posted 05-26-2020 01:14 PM

Great job! Looks amazing.

I’m curious on how you attached it to the wall. Adhesive? Fasteners? The masking tape and superglue trick? :)

-- Tony, SW Chicago Suburbs

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