Massachusetts Dry Bah

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Project by inmysparetime posted 01-18-2011 08:14 AM 1644 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was the first big piece of furniture I’ve built and it was just something I saw in a furniture store and figured I could do that. There was no purpose for it when I started other than to challenge myself, but luckily my sister liked it and bought it from me for the cost of the materials. Another project that I built and let sit for several months. I didn’t want to apply a finish and pick a color before I knew what I was going to do with it. The last thing I wanted was to find someone who wanted it, but in a different color. So this stain was as close of a match as I could get to my sister’s kitchen cabinets. I have never finished anything this big so that was a learning experience and I was terrified I would ruin it. The old saying of a good project wrecked by a bad finish. The finish is 3 coats of Charles Neils’ Blotch Control, followed by 2 light coats of General Finishes Candlelite Gel Stain and then topped with 3 coats of Arm-R-Seal on the base and 5 coats on the top. As you can see applying stain over birch plywood, even with all the precautions I took still isn’t even, but it sort of gives it an old pub look so it works. The most important thing is that it’s been the focal point of several parties at my sister’s house and all her friends love it so I couldn’t be happier.

-- Mike from Mass

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#1 posted 01-18-2011 09:01 AM

You had fun, you paid for the materials, your sister loves it. WIN WIN WIN. Very cool. nice project, the finish really does look nice.

-- The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools. Confucius, 经过艰苦的努力的梦想可以成真

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#2 posted 01-18-2011 01:46 PM

Very cool. Nothing better than making something you want “just because” and then having someone pay for it. Great Job !!

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#3 posted 01-18-2011 02:42 PM

You did a vey nice job for your first piece of furniture Mike..

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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