wedding present for my wife

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Project by rftyree posted 08-29-2012 08:55 PM 1665 views 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first ever cabinetry project. This is a buffet I designed and built for my wife just before we got married. the base is made out of poplar and the top out of white oak. The base has black polyshade(very forgiving) and gold glazing for a distressed look. Top is finished with danish oil and wax. I built it in a garage that is naturally cooled because it is 3 sides underground. Painted it there and finished it. packed it up to move to the condo where we would be staying which was under renovation at the time. The piece had to sit in the garage for about 2 weeks. That garage had and extreme temperature and humidity difference which caused the piece to stretch in a lot of different directions. Needless to say there are a few touch ups that still need to be made to the finishes but not extremely noticeable unless you are a perfectionist like myself. That is a lesson learned the hard way. Had that not happened it would have turned out far better than I expected.

-- Russell, Tennessee

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#1 posted 08-30-2012 12:18 AM

I think it turned out very nice. It’s a great build. Nice tight seams where the top molding fits, looks real good.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#2 posted 08-30-2012 10:00 AM

Nice work and great gift!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#3 posted 08-30-2012 01:45 PM

Great job. I wonder what your third or fourth cabinet project will look like. Well done.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#4 posted 08-30-2012 07:24 PM

Looks like a great project. My girlfriend also likes the black paint/poly look, but I can’t stand covering up wood grain, unless it’s pine or something equally hideous. Poplar is kind of in the middle, in my opinion.

In any case, it’s not my favorite finishing technique, but you executed it well. Bravo.


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#5 posted 08-31-2012 05:49 AM

You did a nice job. In my shop however, I am usuallky the one with the disstressed look :-)

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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