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#1 posted 07-15-2013 11:45 PM

I think one of the things I always get impressed with on our paint grade jobs is the quality of the finish. I know we have greatly improved over time but I must give a lot of credit to the product we always use which always gives us a very hard enamel finish, similar to what is found on a vehicle finish. It is an ML Campbell product that a local supplier gives us. It is actually a lacquer based paint and my supplier can actually make into whatever color I want, but I always go with white because that is what the customer always wants when paint grade is requested. We use the product just like we would with a clear lacquer finish using the sand/sealer step first while ensuring we get ample coats on for good coverage before moving to the top coat which I tend to lean towards gloss when doing paint. This job was with semi gloss because the supplier was out of gloss. Oh yeah, not only very hard, but durable. I don’t know how many times I have hit that finish and just bit my lip feeling like ‘ooops, now there is going to be a repair/touch up area’ then I look and not so much as a minor scratch. The stuff is amazing and seems to really make us look that much better at what we do.

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#2 posted 07-15-2013 11:51 PM

Stellar work!!!!

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#3 posted 07-16-2013 03:39 AM

This is a spray finish, correct?

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#4 posted 07-16-2013 03:41 AM

Yes, it goes on nice

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#5 posted 07-16-2013 09:44 AM

Well done and great looking wall unit…. Very clean!

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#6 posted 07-16-2013 04:30 PM

did you mention what wood you used?

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#7 posted 07-16-2013 04:31 PM

Hard maple.

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#8 posted 07-16-2013 04:49 PM

This turned out real nice. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#9 posted 07-16-2013 07:06 PM

Did you build this in place? Or did you build it in your shop and bring it to the customer’s home?

Did you spray it in place?

I’d like to do some things like this and I’m just wondering what methods people use.

Looks really good though!

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#10 posted 07-16-2013 11:02 PM

Nice work! Are there 5 seperate lower cabinets? I’m guessing so since it makes builiding/assembling/transport much easier. Also makes it much stronger of a base. That’s amazing work man. Painted over maple though huh? Gotta admit the white looks very clean and matches the trim everywhere around the house…

I’m working on plans to do this in my living room. What’s funny is the thing that worries me the most is scribing the floor and wall to the trim. One of those things that I’ll just have to learn to do while I work. Hopefully that goes smoothly.

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#11 posted 07-16-2013 11:22 PM

Great job. I guess the door on the right had to stay?? Really steals from the project.

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#12 posted 07-16-2013 11:37 PM

Yes the door on the right had to stay. I see what you mean by being a detractor though.

The wall unit is built as follows: Base cabinets are 5 separate cabinets that are screwed together. The top on the base cabinets is one piece, 13’ long. It was glued up and trimmed and then sanded and painted. There are 3 upper cabinets, one on left and right and one in the center above the television area. There is a 3/4” plywood that is framed out with solid maple that becomes the backdrop behind the television.

The wall unit is built in shop, assembled on site. Then shelves, doors, crown molding, base molding is installed. I use a strip molding on projects, which is simple straight lined 3/8” thick by 1 – 1 1/2” wide molding that I use to address areas where cabinets go against wall on visible areas and the wall is not plumb. This simple molding trims out the wall unit and makes a nice presentation and is clean line. On this wall unit the customer asked me to use the ‘strip molding’ we cut to trim the FF where the base cabinets join together. I don’t typically do it this way as I typically try to attach FF together as good as I can and then if there is minimal shadow I will fill that area. But the customer did not want my typical way of doing that, preferred a simple molding which turned out really nice.

In all the customer was very happy. His family came over and they were also impressed. The wife was also very happy. Cannot ask for much more than that.

Now we are beginning one more white smaller project that is on our schedule. It is going to be a full sized platform bed with a couple of drawers underneath and end/night dressers that bookend the bed. A very simple/easy job for the most part.

We do these smaller/medium sized jobs typically concurrently with a kitchen or larger job. Right now we are also doing a new construction whole house custom cabinetry job.

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#13 posted 07-17-2013 10:43 PM

Nice work!

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#14 posted 08-25-2013 06:48 PM

Nice looking cabinets.

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#15 posted 08-29-2013 01:13 PM

Pretty. Only comment would be design – I would have taken that center unit up to the ceiling and had the rooms crown wrap around it. Could have coped it and just made it meet up with the wall and no one would know it wasn’t all mitered at the same time. Looks like you did that with the baseboard.

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