LumberJocks

Bedroom Closet #2: The Shelves: Cut and Stained

  • Advertise with us
Blog entry by Broooklyn posted 1612 days ago 976 reads 1 time favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Shelf Design Part 2 of Bedroom Closet series Part 3: Shelves Installed »

So, in response to my previous post – I’m only working on the right side of the closet design and I only have 6 shelves at the moment instead of 7.

The wood I ended up getting was “Whitewood” which seems to be some kind of spruce or pine. It’s pretty light and soft. I got it because it was pretty cheap and the width was perfect so I didn’t have to do any ripping. I did end up getting a circular saw but there was a massive snow storm so I had to work indoors. Luckily, I didn’t get plywood because cutting this softwood by hand was enough work for me! So for six shelves, I had to make six cuts which would have taken about 5 minutes with a circular saw. Instead it took a couple hours since I’m a newbie, I had a crappy saw, and I was doing a lot of learning along the way. In the end, I’m glad I did it by hand if only for the learning.

Since it’s too cold to stain outdoors and I don’t have a real shop, I went with a water-based stain. I’ve read mixed reviews about water-based stains but I can say (as a person with no oil experience!) The water-based stain was a pleasure. Clean up is simple and I have no fear of ruining anything around me. I gave the shelves a pre-stain, then two layers of Minwax American Walnut stain, then two layers of Zar satin finish. Sanding in-between, of course.

Things I’ve learned so far:

1. Cutting straight by hand in 3D is hard.
2. Lowes sells some pretty crappy wood so check all your boards before you buy. I got a pretty warped one.
3. Using wood to support the wood shelves is A LOT cheaper than using metal L brackets.
4. Even if some sides of your wood will be hidden, stain them anyway because you may change your mind.
5. Pre-stain is quite helpful
6. When wiping the stain off, sometimes that “wood grain” is actually streaks from wiping!
7. Water-based finishes dry fast…sometimes a little too fast!

-- Matt - Brooklyn, NY



1 comment so far

View a1Jim's profile

a1Jim

111999 posts in 2162 days


#1 posted 1612 days ago

Looks super Matt. Water base is cool Charles Neil was the one who let me know about it.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

GardenTenders.com :: gardening showcase