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#1 posted 02-09-2017 02:37 PM

“A noble endeavor, however this activity isn t going to teach you about painting and finishing, it s going to teach you “how to spend a lot of time and money to manufacture a commodity item”. Spend your time on more worthwhile projects!”

It’s obvious that I’m already learning quite a bit just from this discussion. I will learn considerably more as I continue with the project, using materials & techniques I haven’t used before. That, to me, is eminently “worthwhile.” In fact, that, to me, is the entire point of doing woodworking at all.

As for making “a commodity item,” many things woodworkers make are basically the same as things that can be bought off-the-shelf. Of course, woodworkers make them in unique ways and to personally defined designs and specifications, but at the fundamental level, a desk is a desk; a chair is a chair; a table is a table; a bowl is a bowl; a pen is a pen; a frame is a frame, etc. In my case, a whiteboard is a whiteboard, but this one will be made exactly as my wife wants it for her office, and will be much nicer than what she would otherwise buy off-the-shelf. That’s why I plan to spend much more time and effort, though actually not much money, to make it for her.

As for cost, I already have the wood for the frame, the ply for the backer, and the glass for the dry-erase surface. In particular, the wood and the ply I got for free, and the glass is from a table that we don’t use anymore. Following the tips given here, it’s not going to cost much to coat the plywood. And besides, it’ll be fun.

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