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002: a rolling base for my planer #5: staining

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Blog entry by Gary Fixler posted 05-25-2009 02:56 AM 6236 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 4: stain tests, and drawer stops Part 5 of 002: a rolling base for my planer series Part 6: polyurethane, drawer handle, and bolting on the planer »

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).

Minwax stains and related materials, and my stained planer base

Stain and pre-stain for the cabinet:

Minwax Ebony 2718 stain and pre-stain cans

First coat:

first coat of Minwax

Second coat:

first coat of Minwax

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:

Minwax water-based pre-stain and

Here’s the drawer with “China Red” on the face:

planer rolling base with

And here’s how they’re looking so far put together:

assembled and stained unit

Testing out some spare blade packs storage:

assembled, stained unit with stuff in open drawer

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



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a1Jim

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#1 posted 05-25-2009 03:02 AM

Hey Gary thats one fancy planer stand it looks very smart.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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lew

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#2 posted 05-25-2009 03:09 AM

OK, now that’s it too late to go back, I’ll ask the question- Is this going to be too low to the floor? Seems like you will really have to stoop over to use it or sit down- aha!! answered my own question :^)

I like the colors.

Lew

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

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#3 posted 05-25-2009 03:20 AM

as we spend 1/3 of our life sleeping ,
and 1/3 working ,
we might as well enjoy it our way.
good job !

-- 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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Gary Fixler

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#4 posted 05-25-2009 03:45 AM

Thanks, folks!

And lew: Right on. I’m going to pull up a lawn chair, and chill out planing some boards. It’ll be just like the beach, except the sand will be sawdust, and there will be the loudest tool I own churning away next to me. Okay, maybe like El Segundo beach, which is immediately next to, and in all flight paths of LAX :)

funny anecdote: a coworker was on El Segundo, relaxing, when an engine came free from a plane and landed on the beach not too far from him!

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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#5 posted 05-25-2009 04:16 AM

Looks great Gary! Please yourself first!

-- spanky46 -- Never enough clamps...Never enough tools...Never enough time.

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#6 posted 05-25-2009 04:18 AM

aaaah…. El Segundu, and a pit fire in the evening…..loved that place at that time…also less people

i generally dont like painting, but in this case, for that planer – it looks good! a touch of color, but still with the grains showing. i like it

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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Gary Fixler

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#7 posted 05-25-2009 04:37 AM

Thanks, Spanky!

Lev – I destroyed all the grain in the carcase with a coat of flat black paint. So ha! It’ll get plenty of detail again however with the abuse it will likely take.

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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#8 posted 05-25-2009 03:10 PM

Pretty classy!

With it painted black you’ll know for sure when your shop needs cleaning.

It’ll be like a black limo.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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#9 posted 05-25-2009 11:04 PM

Dick & Barb – Ha! I’m going to regret this, aren’t I?

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#10 posted 05-26-2009 06:05 AM

I like it!! Too heck with ‘em all! Do what you want :-)) Whose shop it it anyway??!!

About the parts falling off planes; I’ve always wondered how much of that goes on we never hear about?? We used to live right adjacent to the flight path of SeaTac. The only one I ever heard of was about 30 yrs ago. A chunk of ice about a foot cube went through a roof into a house!! Nobody hurt, but they were surprised when they got home.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#11 posted 05-26-2009 02:19 PM

I’ve been kind of partial to light green, blue green, or blue with my benches.

I guess because trees have green leaves.

It also could be because I drove a John Deere tractor when I was a kid.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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#12 posted 05-27-2009 07:52 AM

Wonder what the neighbors would think if i painted the house JD green with JD yellow trim :-)) Did you drive a 2 cylinder johnny popper, Dick? :-)) Geez, i love the sound of those pulling into a load like a spring tooth right after you turn on the end of the field.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#13 posted 05-27-2009 01:20 PM

Yes, It was a model B, it had steel wheels, but they put rubber on it later.

They also had a big old model D, they used for plowing. Boy! did that one let out a snort.

check out the pictures in this Blog of memories..

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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