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Looking for suggestions -

by jerkylips
posted 09-01-2015 08:18 PM


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Yonak

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#1 posted 09-01-2015 09:19 PM

jl, when you say …

Plan is to build a plywood box with drawers, wrap it in something ….

How do you mean ? Like what ?

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jerkylips

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#2 posted 09-01-2015 09:52 PM


jl, when you say …
Plan is to build a plywood box with drawers, wrap it in something ….

How do you mean ? Like what ?

- Yonak


that’s where I’m looking for suggestions. I was thinking possibly barn boards, pallet wood, or something along those lines – something rustic. I even saw some 5” wide rustic red oak hardwood flooring (unfinished) at lumber liquidators that i was thinking could work, to distress & finish.

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#3 posted 09-01-2015 09:57 PM

Do you have a Habitat for Humanity ReStore, or any architectural salvage companies nearby?
Used flooring would already be distressed. Craigslist would be another source.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#4 posted 09-01-2015 11:10 PM

jl, how about the wax and paint look. Makes the wood or piece look old, have never done it but it is an alternative.

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#5 posted 09-02-2015 01:18 AM

I would skip the plywood part and just make it from solid wood. Wrapping plywood w/ solid wood will lead to more headaches and be a lot more trouble than using solid wood.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#6 posted 09-02-2015 11:23 AM

My only suggestion is to do a little audio video homework. The enclosure should be vented if you are putting equipment inside it. I also do not recommend placing speakers inside an enclosure. It effects are like singing in the shower. Not so good.

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jerkylips

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#7 posted 09-02-2015 03:20 PM



Do you have a Habitat for Humanity ReStore, or any architectural salvage companies nearby?
Used flooring would already be distressed. Craigslist would be another source.

- DIYaholic


That’s a good idea, I hadn’t thought of checking ReStore. Thanks!

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jerkylips

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#8 posted 09-02-2015 03:21 PM



I would skip the plywood part and just make it from solid wood. Wrapping plywood w/ solid wood will lead to more headaches and be a lot more trouble than using solid wood.

- bondogaposis


Unfortunately, I think the combination of my lack of skills, lack of time, lack of available equipment isn’t going to allow that for this project. I had to talk myself into finding/making the time to build something at all vs just buying one.

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jerkylips

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#9 posted 09-02-2015 03:22 PM



My only suggestion is to do a little audio video homework. The enclosure should be vented if you are putting equipment inside it. I also do not recommend placing speakers inside an enclosure. It effects are like singing in the shower. Not so good.

- timbertailor


drawers are primarily going to be for dvd’s, etc. I have a sound bar that will sit on top, in front of the tv. the open shelf will just be blu ray, roku box

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#10 posted 09-02-2015 04:06 PM

Pallet wood?
Use the thick pieces for the frame.

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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#11 posted 09-02-2015 07:02 PM

For my $.02, when I look at that, I immediately think plain old 2X4s. Rip some in half and laminate for the top and cap the ends to hide the end grain (angle iron will hide the end grain of the caps). Same for the top and bottom of the drawer box but just edge glue ‘em. cut a 2X6 to length for the drawer dividers and the side walls. Just the way I’d lean, especially if I were going to distress/paint it. You could do it all with TS, CMS and a few clamps for glue ups. Hand plane would be helpful getting the top nice and flat though you could probably get it “good enough” with a careful glue-up.

-- I collect hobbies. There is no sense in limiting yourself (Don W) - - - - - - - - Kenny in SW VA

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Yonak

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#12 posted 09-02-2015 07:43 PM


I would skip the plywood part and just make it from solid wood.
- bondogaposis

Unfortunately, I think the combination of my lack of skills, lack of time, lack of available equipment isn’t going to allow that for this project. I had to talk myself into finding/making the time to build something at all vs just buying one.
- jerkylips

It just seems to me there would be more work trying to fashion a “skin” over the plywood than building completely using real wood. ..Strictly my 2ยข. I don’t know your full plan.

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jerkylips

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#13 posted 09-03-2015 07:27 PM

So, I’ve been thinking of this & had another idea – but I’m not sure if this is reasonable or not. Rather than building with plywood & then covering it, would it be possible to just distress the plywood itself? I’m posting a link below to a technique that I thought would give me the look I’m after.

I was thinking that once I cut the panels to size, i could make some shallow cuts to give the illusion of individual boards, then finish by distressing it. Does this sound like it would work?

I’m not doing blue, but other than the color this is pretty much the look I was going after -

http://www.allthingsthrifty.com/2013/01/distressing-boards-to-look-like-barn.html

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#14 posted 09-03-2015 08:10 PM

It’s hard to say. Get some scrap that’s the same as you’re going to use for the build and give it a whirl.

The biggest issue I see with your plan is end grain. Plywood end grain looks like plywood unless you edge band it or prep it with drywall mud or something similar. If you’re not going to edge the plywood, you’re not going to be able to hide all the edges. If you cut the shallow kerfs to give the appearance of separate boards, it’s going to be obvious that they’re not separate boards on the ends. Even with cutting the kerfs, it’s not really going to look like separate boards because you’re going to have matching grain. I’d be afraid it’s just gonna look like plywood with kerfs cut in it. If you do decide to go that route, you might consider ripping the ply into 4-6” strips and “mixing” them up to break up the grain pattern. I think that would give a much more convincing look than the kerfs. You’ll still have to live with the end grain though.

-- I collect hobbies. There is no sense in limiting yourself (Don W) - - - - - - - - Kenny in SW VA

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jerkylips

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#15 posted 09-03-2015 08:13 PM



It s hard to say. Get some scrap that s the same as you re going to use for the build and give it a whirl.

The biggest issue I see with your plan is end grain. Plywood end grain looks like plywood unless you edge band it or prep it with drywall mud or something similar. If you re not going to edge the plywood, you re not going to be able to hide all the edges. If you cut the shallow kerfs to give the appearance of separate boards, it s going to be obvious that they re not separate boards on the ends. Even with cutting the kerfs, it s not really going to look like separate boards because you re going to have matching grain. I d be afraid it s just gonna look like plywood with kerfs cut in it. If you do decide to go that route, you might consider ripping the ply into 4-6” strips and “mixing” them up to break up the grain pattern. I think that would give a much more convincing look than the kerfs. You ll still have to live with the end grain though.

- HokieKen


I was thinking about the end grain issue too…I could miter it, but…yeah, not sure.

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Vicki

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#16 posted 09-04-2015 02:59 PM

You can “age” nice pine 1×6 with steel wood soaked in vinegar over night and old coffee grounds or tea bags in some water, or make fresh ‘tea’ soaking in fresh water overnignt. The next day: coat the boards with the vinegar/steel wool mix. Let dry and then coat with the coffee or tea. Apply second coats if you want it darker or rub on a little oak minwax stain. When it was all dry I ‘blended’ it a bit with steel wool.

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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jerkylips

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#17 posted 09-04-2015 06:36 PM

OK, follow up question for the experts. I went walking around Menard’s at lunch today to look for some inspiration.. I found some 1×4 fir porch flooring that I think is exactly the grain/look that I’m looking for. I kind of wanted to stay away from pine, only because I’m not a huge fan of the grain, and what i want to do is definitely going to accentuate the wood grain.

So, these fir boards are definitely the right look, but because it’s flooring it’s T&G. If I do a glue up for the top, sides, etc, will it be as strong as if i was gluing flat edges to each other?

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