Entry Closet Project #8: The End is Here!

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Blog entry by Todd A. Clippinger posted 01-09-2008 04:58 AM 2292 reads 1 time favorited 32 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well it’s been a long journey and it did not end without one extra push.

I finished installing the copper handles Monday by 11:30. There was a couple of scratches but I was certain I could buff them out. This is a skill that goes with the territory. I worked on the finish for the next six hours and I could not get the finish to blend.

How to Remove a Scratch-

After exhausting all other options this is what I resorted to today:

Finish Coat

Yes you are seeing it correctly, I had to spray the doors in place to even it out. I had to remove the handles, mask off, and spray two coats to make it work. Fortunately it did. The traces of the scratch are gone and the finish is perfect. It is even and I did not produce any sags or runs. Vertical surfaces are a challenge.

The precatalyzed lacquer that I use is very repairable. This is one of the benefits of using it. One drawback is the stink, but the weather was warm and breezy so I was able to cross ventilate the house and it aired out very quickly.

Another benefit is that it dries very quickly. This means that I was able to install the handles after a long lunch without fear of damage to the finish.

The Finished View

Here is the completed project from the front and side view.

Closet Complete

Closet Side View

Here is an interior view.

Closet Open

The clients are just ecstatic! And so am I – this means I CAN GO HOME!

I have a small item to take care of for my mom and I will pick up my UHaul trailer tomorrow. Pack. Leave Thursday late afternoon. Drive ‘till I drop. See wife and dogs soon.

Peace, Love, and Woodwoking

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#1 posted 01-09-2008 05:03 AM

That is amazing work Todd! I would never have imagined that so much work could be put into a closet. You documentation of this project has been incredible and I know that myself, and many more here at LJs have learned an immense amount. Thanks for taking the time to post all of this for us.

-- Sgt_Lobo -- Aurora, CO

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Greg Wurst

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#2 posted 01-09-2008 05:05 AM

Odd weather we’re having in Ohio right now. Enjoy the trip back and take some time-off to relax! :)

-- You're a unique and special person, just like everyone else.

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#3 posted 01-09-2008 05:07 AM

Absolutely amazing!! Exceptional, excellent wonderful, you get to go home!!! (that ain’t a bad closet, either.)

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#4 posted 01-09-2008 05:08 AM

Awesome. Take a few pics in the morning so we can see it in natura light.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#5 posted 01-09-2008 05:17 AM

mission accomplished , job well done and theres no place like home !! exellent blog on this project todd thanks for taking the time

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#6 posted 01-09-2008 05:18 AM

Gizmo – I did take some day shots. The daylight reflections were horrible.
Here is one for you.

Entry Closet Finished

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#7 posted 01-09-2008 05:23 AM

Thanks for letting me ride along on this project. I’d say stop by on your way thru Indiana but that wife of yours is much more important than I. Have a safe trip back Todd!

-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"

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#8 posted 01-09-2008 05:29 AM

Wow – what a closet. Having the money to buy the best talent around must be wonderful. Good job Todd.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#9 posted 01-09-2008 05:33 AM

Slick! I’m so pleased that this monumental effort is done and you’ll be home soon. We should arm-twist someone at Fine Homebuilding into a feature. You should consider writing this up. Here’s a link. Perhaps Brother Spagnuolo would have some insights.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over two decades.

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#10 posted 01-09-2008 05:38 AM

It’s been a long and fun journey, thanks for taking us along. The results are awesome…it proves that anything worth doing – is worth doing right.

-- gbear, Carmichael, CA

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#11 posted 01-09-2008 05:42 AM

Todd, First congratulations on completing this incredible piece of art.

Thanks for the opportunity to come along with you as you progressed through the project.

Get home safely and get a well deserved break.


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#12 posted 01-09-2008 05:43 AM

Man, that came out nice! My wife even liked it, Todd. That’s really a compliment!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#13 posted 01-09-2008 05:55 AM

Doug – I am already working on it.

Thanks for the comments guys. I am glad to have had you along for the ride. I hope you all got something out of following it.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#14 posted 01-09-2008 06:34 AM

Looks GREAT!!!Now go home!!

-- Scott NM,

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#15 posted 01-09-2008 06:39 AM

Congratulation on the completion. Didn’t make it before Christmas, But you did make it before Easter.

It is fantastic. Great job.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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