Cut, sand, prime, sand prime, sand paint, sand paint.... All this for a very dark linen closet!

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Blog entry by dbhost posted 02-15-2012 04:25 PM 3555 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

Now I don’t recall exactly how this all started, but let’s back the turnip truck up as it were…

You see the linen closet in the main bathroom of the house smells like mold / mildew, or at least it did. Now my shop does…

You see a while back, Lord only knows how long ago, but a while back somebody placed something wet in the linen closet. Now since I never use that bathroom, I never noticed, until my lovely bride mentioned the closet smelled funny…

At first I thought oh *@#$ I’ve got a plumbing leak there, except there is no plumbing within 4’ of that closet. So digging through, i noticed the shelves, 3 of them were discolored, and felt damp. So I cleaned them off, cleared the laundry that was on them back into the laundry room for LOML to deal with and took them to the shop…

The stink followed…

Ripped off the shelf liner paper, and lo and behold mildew stains… So some mold and mildew killer came out and a valiant effort was made to save the shelves. But while the visible signs were gone, the stench remains… I don’t want to invite the junk to come back, so I opted for the nuclear option… Blow those shelves comepletely out and rebuild them… Measure them up, set up stops on my miter saw for the crosscut, and notice I have stock that is EXACTLY the right width. 3/4 pine that is 11.25” wide. I got that at Home Depot literally a decade ago for a different project and it has been in my garage / shop since then… Time to put it to use!

Cut, sand, clean, prime. Yes, prime. This will be painted after all, And not sprayed with thin layers, but laid down with good thick coats. I don’t want the gunk getting back in there! Hmmm. Kilz2 isn’t exactly smooth… sand some more, prime another coat, and sand… Now I have a nice smooth surface to put the color / final coats on, and they sit in the shop waiting…

I know this process is taking longer than it ought to, but I very much want to make sure it is 100% right. The way my house is built, whoever gets in there will know my work from the contractors. My stuff will be standing in one piece 50 years after the contractors shortcuts have fallen down…

I know it’s hardly fine woodworking, but hey, it’s wood!

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#1 posted 02-16-2012 01:32 AM

I am trying to remember any similar problem, but I can’t. I have been in these northern climes for so long, that I don’t run across mildew often. Everything dries fast because of the low humidity in our heated spaces. I have seen some mildew, but fortunately it is not usually a big deal. But it is an intolerable smell, so I don’t think you had any options.

Here in La Conner, putting some sheathing on my low quality solid door work bench top. (temporarily saw horses for legs). Got the plywood cut for the top, and then by back decided to call it quits for the day. Its a problem with vacation, more than at home. Different exercise leads to unforseen issues. I need an eliptical trainer here too, I guess. Will probably get it screwed on tomorrow, and then if I can sand the edges right, I wil start putting on some pine edging. Then comes the vise.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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