Originally Posted by BllDo
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Looking good. You have some great looking tools. Very jealous. Do you do woodworking professionally, or just a hobby?
Yes. That was it ^
Woodworking professionally ? ME ? LOL! I am a PC nerd and I work in the energy sector.
I'm definitely not a wood worker or handy builder type person. I am regarded as the nerd in my circle and family. But watching Norm on Yankee workshop, a couple YouTube videos, and the results from Cowger's posts above doing the raised panel it seems pretty doable.
My brother and dad are much heavier into this stuff so I have been exposed to it all my life. I've just never bothered with it or needed until now myself. Growing up it seemed my home was always under construction, I helped my dad do a lot of stuff. Probably more than average. I have access to his tools and my brothers and I own a decent amount myself. A quality router, Band saw, Belt Sander, Jig saw, Miter saw, table saw, etc... We have a drywall lift, Brad nailers, and just about every tool you can imagine. That's should be the easy part. I just bought the $50 kit on ebay because it looked cheap enough to play with. I am going to give it shot.
I'd like to get decent at this and really get rolling on my theater after. I love Cowgers and Mario's wood working and I'd like to blend them into my own creation.
Right now I am torn about using cheaper wood or materials like MFG or other wood and just painting it like Mario (probably black) or going with a nice stained wood like Mr Pointdexter, Cowger, and Sandman (even though his was laminated on) I think the nice stained wood is classier and more elegant- but it take way more work. I'm ok with finishing it 50 times with different coats and sanding to make it perfect, or blending stains.
I like brown but I also like the red. I think I would end up somewhere in between but who knows ??
Right now I am leaning towards a purple blue or a Navy blue color as my scheme but I am not sure how that works with stained wood versus black paint. So I will need to play around some more.
I love the look of Cowgers wood and his theater. That's why I'm following along and interested in his progress. I think his wood looks awesome! I just wonder how it would go with a blue-purple ???
The only one I have seen like I am thinking and it's not exactly close is Mr. Pointdexters:
I can't tell if the Navy of his and the wood working is effected by the light or the flash though. I like Sandman's Red wood finish but it's too red for me. I do like a cherry but not an extreme RED. I love Cowgers wood too. So I'll need to figure out first if I want to take the extra effort to finish the wood versus just painting it- which is easier to paint and I can use cheaper wood like MDF and plywood and Pine in many areas. Or- If I want the hassle of finishing the wood and making something really awesome- and then in that case do I do dark brown, medium, light, Brown/Red ??? The color of the stain would need to look awesome and also work with the colors I choose. I am certain I want a black/charcoal type carpet and I will have black leather chairs. The color scheme otherwise is undecided.
I also want a nice bar in the back like many here and that is also why I am envious and interested in Cowgers build. It looks like it's going to be really nice- and I'd love to do something like that for my bar area too. His wood working skills are admirable too.