I know dark colors are a bad idea in a dusty shop, but I just couldn’t resist their siren song. Time to go crash my boat on the rocks! I looked at the colors of the planer, and with the help of our office manager at my company, decided I wanted a black cabinet with a red drawer.
I labored over my choices for an hour in Home Depot, and even had them unpack stock boxes to get some Minwax ‘blank’ stain so we could mix up some reds. I chose “Spice” and “China Red,” and opted for the latter, as the former was a bit too orange. It’ll be great for some Halloween ideas, though. I also grabbed “Dark Walnut 2716,” and “Ebony 2718.” I totally failed in my plan to only use what I had on hand, as what I had on hand was just the usual browns and yellows. Here’s Minwax’s stain page, for your reference, and the “water-based” one, which has the colorizable versions (click the red “Colors” tab at each link).
Stain and pre-stain for the cabinet:
I really didn’t like how this came out. It seems a neat wash for some things, especially larger, more intricate things, but it looks crappy on this, like I didn’t know what I was doing (which is true ;). I’m going to paint over it with black paint left over from another recent project.
Stain and pre-stain on the drawer front:
Here’s the drawer with “China Red” on the face:
And here’s how they’re looking so far put together:
Testing out some spare blade packs storage:
I’ve already painted the carcase with flat black enamel, and now it looks clean and uniform. I’m about to go apply a few coats of spray-on spar urethane, but I have to do it outside, and today is very windy in LA. Of course.
-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator