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Wall Unit Project #1: Wood Gloat! Weekend Progress

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Blog entry by DS posted 03-04-2013 07:09 AM 1952 reads 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Wood Gloat:
My truck can barely carry this pallet.
124 pieces 23”W X 41”L of A-1 Maple Veneer on 3/4” PBC

From a local furniture company liquidating assets after bankruptcy.
Bargain basement price of $100 for the load.
I picked this up Friday during my lunch hour.

It took an hour and 45 minutes to unload this once i got it home.
Okay, so the first 40 minutes was cleaning a space out in the garage. Still, 1:45 wore me out before dinner.

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So, what to do with all that plywood? First up—the Family Room Wall Unit

BEFORE:

Some ratty old bookcases and a yard sale table were just getting by and are ready to be replaced with a nice built in wall unit.
This was taken Saturday morning almost 10am. Before taking this down, we needed a game plan and a drawing.

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DEMOLITION TIME:

My wife got busy moving books off the shelves and we took the cases to another room where they got set up again. Okay, no actual demolition took place—just re-arranged things.

The dog wasn’t quite sure what to make of this disruption to his kingdom. I’m sure he thinks we’re crazy.

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PAINTIN’ TIME:

Yes, that is green…

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FRAMING OUT THE MOSAIC PANEL:

Let there be light! These LED rope lights were less than $8 at HD and will create an accent light from behind the mosaic panel where the TV will be wall mounted. The framing creates a space behind the panel for the lights.

The top-most board and the bottom-most board are french cleats that will hang the mosaic panel when it is finished.

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TIME FOR SOME CASEWORK:

I was able to make short work of these cases in the garage. The interior shows off the nice Maple veneer panels that I got on Friday. At one point I realized that I miscut the partitions. After a brief moment of panic, I realized that I have a stack of these panels along the garage wall as tall as I am and that the mistake cost me about 60 cents. The interiors are sealed with vinyl sealer and pre catalyzed clear lacquer.

And that’s what I got done this weekend…
After work tommorrow I will start on the Maple Countertop and the Mosaic panel the TV will mount on.

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251



8 comments so far

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stefang

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#1 posted 03-04-2013 08:25 AM

Great buy on the panels and quite a good start on the wall unit.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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DIYaholic

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#2 posted 03-04-2013 10:19 AM

Great progress!!! Great Gloat!!! Great Lakes!!!

“Great Lakes”??? Things come in threes…..
I had to think of something off the top of my head.

-- 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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boxcarmarty

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#3 posted 03-04-2013 11:22 AM

Nice work so far DS, I’ll be watching…..

-- My mind is like lighting, one brilliant flash, then its gone.....

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SPalm

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#4 posted 03-04-2013 11:55 AM

Good for you. A perfect find.
The project is looking good. Are you able to finish those with sealer and lacquer at home too? Do you have a booth? I need to grow up and learn how to finish things.

Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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CharlieM1958

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#5 posted 03-04-2013 01:19 PM

I think this is worthy of a “You suck!”

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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DS

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#6 posted 03-04-2013 03:54 PM

A filter and exhaust fan and I can manage small batches of finish in the garage.
It’s all about air flow control.

I ran these cabinets in three batches so the fumes wouldn’t get too far ahead of the exhaust fan.
Otherwise, lacquer dust settles on everything, but, it is manageable.
A good respirator makes a big difference too.

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

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Joe Lyddon

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#7 posted 03-04-2013 11:06 PM

Nice project!

Nice Job!

Looking GREAT!

Congratulations on finding the Clearance Sale!

Looking forward to seeing the next steps…

Thank you.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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Dave

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#8 posted 03-06-2013 02:46 AM

Nice haul on the wood.
I want your dog.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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