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Shaker Night Stand #9: The dreaded Dry Fit

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Blog entry by NBeener posted 01-31-2010 11:11 PM 1424 reads 0 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 8: Walls are up Part 9 of Shaker Night Stand series Part 10: Fill my eyes ... with that double vision! »

Still here.

Still working on it.

I’m finding a bit of a rhythm, too. It’s getting good to me. There’s a James Brown song for this. It matters not which one.

Dry fit, today. I’ve yet to put in the hardwood slides, but … I shall.

So … here’s where we stand. Drawer faces are just sitting there—neither aligned nor affixed:

The current thought, for finishing, is to use a Watco Danish Oil and just go to town on it … a few coats … wet-sanded with 400 grit.

BUT … I’m not quite there yet ;-)

-- -- Neil



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stefang

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#1 posted 01-31-2010 11:29 PM

Good progress Neil. I like the style. Art & Craft, but not overdone. You must get this right Neil so your wife doesn’t begin to question the tool purchases and workshop installations. I know now from seeing the dry fit that you will be ok, so keep cool and just continue doing what you are doing. LOL I’m looking forward to seeing the continuing progress.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 01-31-2010 11:55 PM

great progress , neil .

as mike said , make nice for diana .

then you can do it over again !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#3 posted 02-01-2010 12:07 AM

Looking good Neil

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#4 posted 02-01-2010 12:20 AM

Yup, looking great.

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Karson

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#5 posted 02-01-2010 12:25 AM

Yes great progress. Nice looking.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia karsonwm@gmail.com †

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#6 posted 02-01-2010 02:18 AM

The proportions are right on this piece, it has elegance.

You are doing a great job. This will really be fun to see when it is finished. You made a good selection of plans. I couldn’t get my head around it till now.

..........posted an antic today, the panel trolley, and I am gluing up the fences for my super sled. Good progress this weekend…..........

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#7 posted 02-01-2010 05:36 AM

Neil, this looks pretty good. You are in the home stretch now.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#8 posted 02-01-2010 06:06 AM

Great progress, Neil.

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#9 posted 02-01-2010 02:28 PM

Congratulations! I FEEEEL GOOD…. duh duh duh!
This was a fun project to watch grow.
Nice job.

Enjoy the sanding…........ my least favorite part.

-- Safety first because someone needs you.

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#10 posted 02-01-2010 08:06 PM

Looking good.

-- Jason - Colorado Springs

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#11 posted 02-02-2010 09:16 PM

Thanks much, all, for the feedback!

Still learning a lot, from this project, making me feel even better about doing #1 entirely before #2.

Somebody else pointed out that—if I hadn’t already done #1 this way—I might have wanted to run the grain direction, on the side panels, vertically, instead of horizontally. Good thought. I’d have to look at the 2nd sheet of ply to see if I could have made my cuts in that direction without buying another sheet, but … it was an interesting point.

I may take a break for a few days, just to go into glue-up fresh. I need to summon up all my patience skills for the finishing bit, too!

Thanks again :-)

-- -- Neil

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NBeener

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#12 posted 02-09-2010 05:57 AM

Just following up (with myself).

Glue-up is now finished. The Rockler wooden drawer slides didn’t work out well (way too thick). I butchered them, and have a solution that works, temporarily, and may yet be permanent.

Still haven’t finished it, but … that’s the only thing left to do :-)

-- -- Neil

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#13 posted 02-09-2010 06:28 AM

looking good neil .

now just watco it ,

and get on to dianas !

( you might lend her this one ,
while you do the next one ) ?

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#14 posted 02-09-2010 02:45 PM

looks great Neil.
Are the drawer fronts edges rounded or flat?
Beautiful wood.

-- Safety first because someone needs you.

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NBeener

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#15 posted 02-09-2010 05:46 PM

Thanks, David. That IS the plan. #1 gets parked on her side until #2 joins the party. Then … the better one (I sure HOPE #2 is better) goes on her side.

John: Thank you. I DO love looking at the mahogany—particularly when I wipe it down with the mineral spirits and see the grain pop. Diana’s decision was that I do nothing but break the edges, so … they’re all pretty square.

I have to re-gain my energy, do the finish work on the Tall Oak Mirror and this guy, and then get to work on #2. I’m pretty sure there’s enough mahogany left for the second one LOL!

For the record: the final product (night stand) probably weighs more than I do :-)

-- -- Neil

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