Blonde's Maple Martini Cabinet #5: Doors fitted, seal coat & staining. #5

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Blog entry by Ken90712 posted 01-16-2016 03:50 PM 1270 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 4: Making the Raised Panel doors. Part 5 of Blonde's Maple Martini Cabinet series Part 6: Home stretch, few details left »

Hard to believe it’s been almost a month since my last post. I didn’t get as much shop time as I hoped through the holidays. Working for a shipping company, I ended up working the holidays because of extra flights and work assigned to the Aircraft. No complaints though, it allows me to buy tools…It’s why we work right?

The panels of the doors got a 50/50 mix of seal coat and denatured alcohol and lightly sanding with 220 grit, then stain before assembly. We came up with a color Blondie liked after many tests. Ended up with 2 parts pickerd oak & 1 part cherry. She wants it to show the grain of the maple with a slight golden tone. With whitewashed maple cabinets in the kitchen she wanted something close, but different as well. To me that’s a funny statment. It’s like we have the same cars however mine is a Chevy yours is a ford..

Being I choose soft close inset doors that took more time to get fitted and adjusted. Overlay doors is so much faster. As my pops says, “the fussy work” that saying. Once I fitted took doors took the hinges back off and sanded doors and cabinet to 320 grit. We all love sanding right? Ugh…...Sprayed seal coat & stain on the base inside and out as well. Today I’ll start spraying the lacquer on the base.

Blondie decided for a little, contrast on the bases counter top. I used 50/50 of provincial and mahogany stain. I was nervous about his but in the end I think it gives it some visual interest and just enough contrast. The walls in the kitchen are dark brown. Blondie hates white wall, says they’re boring. We know who is in charge right? Lol….

Some final sanding on the top and cuttinfg & tweaking of the 2 glass doors, then I’m ready to seal coat and stain as well. Finally feel like I’m getting there.

Thx for looking all comment welcome.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#1 posted 01-16-2016 04:01 PM

That is looking great. As long as wife is happy it’s all good. Lol great job buddy

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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Joe Lyddon

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#2 posted 01-16-2016 04:36 PM

Looking SUPER good, Ken!
Glad you made it through the holidays OK.

Making very good progress on your cabinet!

Thank you for the update!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#3 posted 01-16-2016 05:18 PM

Beautiful! I think the Mrs. made the right choice with the top color.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#4 posted 01-16-2016 06:25 PM

Looks awesome

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#5 posted 01-16-2016 07:44 PM


Looks like you’re having a great time and doing a craftsman’s job on this project. I like to build with others. We do it their way on their project and my way on mine. LOL!

And you guys are doing it the customer’s way. And she is after all your best customer.

My wife loves to irritate me by saying “we could paint it?” Just a matter of perspective?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#6 posted 01-16-2016 07:50 PM

Wow, great looking piece and you know the old saying happy wife, happy life!

-- ---Joel; Central MD...rookie empter nester and getting back into woodworking!

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#7 posted 01-16-2016 09:55 PM

Looking really nice. Yes, time is screaming by.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#8 posted 01-16-2016 10:43 PM

That is really looking classy.

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#9 posted 01-17-2016 12:11 AM

Thx for all the support everyone, it means alot. You bet when the boss is happy life is much easier. Although I’m pretty lucky, she doesn’t give me to much grief. Lol

I got the bottom Sprayed with 5 coats of lacquer it’s really looking better with the finish on it.

Thx again.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#10 posted 01-17-2016 01:59 AM

Look’n great! Can’t wait to see the finished product!

-- Dean

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#11 posted 01-18-2016 12:53 PM

Coming along beautifully Ken.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#12 posted 01-25-2016 10:32 PM

Looking real good Ken…even the fussy work!


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#13 posted 01-31-2016 07:39 PM

Looks wonderful Ken I can’t wait to see the finished project.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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