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post #301 of 452
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Originally Posted by PassingInterest View Post

Cypress on top of the Red Oak. The sun ducked behind some clouds, so the photo is not so great.




Awesome toilet seat!
post #302 of 452
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Originally Posted by Fatawan View Post

Awesome toilet seat!

Ow! You sure know how to hurt a guy.
Hmm...Come to think of it. It sort of does resemble one.
post #303 of 452
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Originally Posted by Kanaris View Post

That came together beautifully...it has the look of something exotic and expensive!!!

Thanks, man!
post #304 of 452
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Originally Posted by PassingInterest View Post

Ow! You sure know how to hurt a guy.
Hmm...Come to think of it. It sort of does resemble one.

Maybe in that one shot, the 'toilet seat' comes to mind, but in it's final placement, at least to my eye, an elegant pedestal is taking shape. Nice job.

post #305 of 452
Wow!!! Those look incredible. The tinting really wakes up that wood.
post #306 of 452
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Ow! You sure know how to hurt a guy.
Hmm...Come to think of it. It sort of does resemble one.

Unintended consequences. It has been said that these...



...look like a giant d**k.


Great work PI. Keep it rolling!
post #307 of 452
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Thanks, guys. Pete, that is too funny.

Cut some feet.




Plunge the screwdriver bit and...
Sand the feet.




Tint the feet.




Hurry-up-and-dry the feet.

post #308 of 452
That's a lot of material stacked in the background....lots of projects in the works?

JSS
post #309 of 452
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That's a lot of material stacked in the background....lots of projects in the works?

JSS

Yes, some of the materials you see are for completing a bedroom conversion. My wife and I are converting it into a den/library. The room was pretty plain-vanilla before we began on it. It will have raised paneling on the lower part of the walls around the room. I took a break from that project to make some subwoofers, since I do all my relaxing at the table saw. I didn't think it would take me so long. I was wrong.



Sorry I got off-topic.
post #310 of 452
I cannot wait to see the finalized subs, I bet they will look - and sound - fantastic! The tint really looks good, I will have to check into that for my next build.

That is the bad thing about DIY, there is always a next build. A few years ago I was only going to build a sub, now 3 subs and a pair 4 Pi's later I am firmly addicted.
post #311 of 452
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Sorry I got off-topic.

If you are going to post up pictures like that, you should go off topic more often! I would love to see some more pictures of the ceiling, please?
post #312 of 452
PI,

I know a lot of other folks have said it (myself included), but dang! Your work is just pure butter!

And please do not even tell me with a little time I could be doing that

James
post #313 of 452
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Thanks, guys. You're very kind.
And yes James, you can do this stuff. I've had no training in DIY, except for watching some of the shows on TV. So if I can do it, you can.

Edit: I neglected to mention that I also read some DIY magazines and books.

BeerParty--You got it.

There are recessed lights in the 4 corner medallions.




The beams are hollow (I used 1/4" plywood). Two of them carry the heating and cooling air (1 intake and 1 output), each with multiple vents which face a wall and blend in pretty well.



Sorry about the off-topic stuff, folks. I'll be back on the Howitzer build real soon.
post #314 of 452
sweet jesus.....

:O

(seriously, both the howitzer and that room look beyond amazing!!)


Matt
post #315 of 452
PassingInterest... that is some great work there. You should join if you haven't already Woodnet

It's a fun place to show your stuff and they have an interesting Off Topic section...

PS:You should get yourself a small wood lathe...
post #316 of 452
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Thanks, guys.

And thanks for the Woodnet tip, Kanaris. I will check it out.
So, what do you make with your lathe? I admit there are times that I wish I had one.
post #317 of 452
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Thanks, guys.

And thanks for the Woodnet tip, Kanaris. I will check it out.
So, what do you make with your lathe? I admit there are times that I wish I had one.

I bought it when I was convalescing with knee surgery, to start making pens... I did a dozen and gave them as gifts... then I starting using it for anything that needed it...

I made this for the wife last year...



Those are LED lights passe through the wood... that was the most difficult part of it...



Got all the tools...but I mostly build kitchen cabinets...
post #318 of 452
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Originally Posted by Kanaris View Post

PassingInterest... that is some great work there. You should join if you haven't already Woodnet

It's a fun place to show your stuff and they have an interesting Off Topic section...

PS:You should get yourself a small wood lathe...

More off-topic.....

If you're gonna turn wood, and you're serious about it, and you have the room, get a big lathe.....they do all the stuff a small one can, as well bigger stuff - like huge bowls and platters. Seriously - I turn pens on the same lathe I turn 20"+ diameter bowls on. The lathe will spin bigger stuff - the current limit is the skill of the operator, as well as the size of my chainsaw and bandsaw.

I only had my first lathe 2 years before I upgraded. I doubt I'll upgrade again. I could see getting a small lathe if you were considering getting into turning, but not sure if you'd really like it.
post #319 of 452
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Very nice work, Kanaris. The LEDs are a real nice touch.
Thanks for the tip on the big lathe, lilmike. How about a couple of photos?
I need to get more room in the shop before I get more equipment. Someday...

Edit: Kanaris, I showed your wife's vanity to my wife and she loved it. I see a vanity build in my woodworking future.
Great finish. How did you get the fantastic whitewash look?
post #320 of 452
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Install the feet.




And the smaller Cypress panel. You can't see it under the larger Red Oak panel.




We got rain today. I'm spraying anyway.




I've begun building the final topcoat.

post #321 of 452
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Originally Posted by tuxedocivic View Post

Wow!!! Those look incredible. The tinting really wakes up that wood.

Thanks, guy! I agree. The tint coat makes a huge difference. Obviously, I like to make a sharp contrast between different parts, but even without any contrast, the tint really, well, wakes it up, as you say. I'll have to borrow that phrasing.
post #322 of 452
How does the Target lacquer spray???

JSS
post #323 of 452
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How does the Target lacquer spray???

JSS

Very nicely. I plan on getting more of the EM-6000 and I'd also like to try the EM-7000, which is the "high-build" version. I need to order soon though, because I don't think they ship during the winter months, due to freezing concerns.

I only sprayed one coat yesterday and got busy on other things. But I just finished the third and final coat for today. I don't want to buff too soon, plus I have other plans for tomorrow. So, I expect to buff in two days from now.
post #324 of 452
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The EM-6000 label says to wait 150 hours before polishing (6.25 days).
I found a thread at Target Coatings website and 7-10 days cure time before polishing is recommended in that thread.
So, I need to wait about a week before I polish.

If anyone is interested in trying the Target Coatings products, they are running some specials right now.

For instance, I compared a 5-gallon bucket of EM6000 Gloss (which does not have free shipping right now), to 5 one gallon cans of the same (which does have free shipping at the moment), and 5 one gallon cans ships for about $1 less per gallon when compared to the big 5 gallon bucket. Oh, and make sure you use the promotional code found near the top of the Finishing Zone store.

The manufacturer does not have the Emtech 7000 HBL (the High-Build Lacquer) in stock, but StewMac does. Just thought I'd mention it.
post #325 of 452
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I sanded the entire cabinet with P400.




Then...






Uh-oh! I got witness lines. I sprayed 8 coats in a single day, just to avoid witness lines. But, I got them anyway. The only solution is to spray again.

I decided to continue polishing anyway, just to see how it goes.








The witness lines are still pretty obvious. This is after waxing.



My failures are wearing me out. I need a new hobby.
post #326 of 452
Seriously I didn't know that you can polish an acrylic lacquer... I might be wrong...

The 400 grit is too rough you might have started with 600 or so..
post #327 of 452
NOOOOOOOO!!!!

I feel your pain....seriously. I spray Nitro lacquer for this very reason (with protection), even though I know that it is not as durable as acrylic.....

I have not sprayed a polyurethane in years because of wintess lines....man, I thought the Target product would burn in.....that SUCKS. Maybe coats only 10-30 min apart for burn-in?

But the boxes look great....they only need a great finish and they will ROCK.

How many boxes/drivers in total?

JSS
post #328 of 452
Oh man. Sorry to hear. Don't give up on us

Could it be the heat you had down there, causing it to dry to quick? I don't know the first thing about this, just guessing.
post #329 of 452
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Kanaris--I believe you are right. I should start with P600 or P800.

Max--I only built 2 cabinets so far, but I plan on making 4 more. Although, I intend to work on some other projects before starting on the next pair of Howitzers.

After taking a closer look, I think I trapped pollen in at least one layer that I sprayed. So, we're seeing pollen-hazing, not witness lines. I have been meaning to make a spray booth someday. I guess I need it soon.

To recover, I have to strip a few layers off and I hope I don't mess up the color coat along the way. I'll look again tomorrow, but it probably is pollen, which means it is purely my fault and not the fault of the product I sprayed.

This exact problem happened to me once before and I apologize to any Bees who might be reading this, but I hate pollen.
post #330 of 452
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Originally Posted by tuxedocivic View Post

Oh man. Sorry to hear. Don't give up on us

Could it be the heat you had down there, causing it to dry to quick? I don't know the first thing about this, just guessing.

Thanks, man. I guess I was just frustrated when I posted earlier, because I thought I was really close to being done with these--I was polishing, after all.

You brought up a good point on temperature. Temperature and humidity can cause problems with the finish. In this case, the heat plus wind meant pollen was swirling around in my garage when I sprayed at least one of the coats.
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