Accepting the fact that I was not going to finish the entire job before shool starts, I decided it was most important to get a few coats of finish on the main cavities before the kids come back to school on Tuesday. I started with the top, as that is the most important and will require at least 3 coats. I went with Minwax Special Walnut stain, which so happened to win “Tooch’s favorite stain of the year” from 2005-2012.
As the stain was drying, I took some time to add this little extension to the left end. There are 2 screws and 2 through bolts held in place with locknuts on the inside.
I plan to use it to clamp my pocket jig onto, so I found a piece of maple just wide enough for The Kreg clamp that comes with the kit.
By the time I got this all done and ate lunch, I was able to get a coat of Poly on the top.
And then as the poly was drying, I got the first coat of stain on the insides of the cabinets. May not look like a lot of progress, but it was a LOT of surface area. This almost took me 4 hours just to stain!
The finished product proves it was worth the effort:
-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails