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Project by FuzzyDove posted 02-28-2009 08:15 PM 1501 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My youngest boy attends a Montessori school that was in need of some cabinetry and bench tops for their newly acquired microscopes (thanks to my wife’s fund raising efforts as PTO president). So I built these raised panel cabinets out of poplar and topped them with durable laminate that has a soapstone color. The finish is a pecan colored water based stain followed with a layer of polyurethane. The lab is now a busy place during the school day!





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jscabinetmaker

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#1 posted 02-28-2009 09:25 PM

Nice work. What brand WB stain did you use. So many of them look, well, watered down, but this looks quit nice, esp. over poplar.

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Dan Hux

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#2 posted 02-28-2009 11:37 PM

how do you buy laminate? I’m fairly new at cabinets. I built myself a (what I call) router table. I used MDF for the top, but its not really smooth, its flat, not slick. I need something for the top, but I don’t need a 4X8 sheet. I checked rockler didn’t see what I thought I needed. any ideas?

-- Dan Hux,,,,Raleigh, NC http://whitdaniel.com

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FuzzyDove

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#3 posted 02-28-2009 11:49 PM

Hi Dan -
I bought laminated counters directly from Lowes (kitchen dept) for this project. In your case, you can buy sheets of laminate at Lowes and glue it down to the MDF (although you will probably need to buy a full 4’x8’ sheet). Of course the best material is phenolic sheets (which you can get from Rocklers).

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FuzzyDove

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#4 posted 02-28-2009 11:53 PM

jscabinetmaker -
I used Cabot WB stain. It did turn out nice, but honestly, I’d never use it again… it just makes the grain stand up so much, which I should expect from WB I know. If you like to sand between coats, then yea, it is great to not have to mess with oil bases.

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Todd Thomas

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#5 posted 03-01-2009 12:06 AM

man they look great…did you have to pre treat the poplar before you stain it top prevent blotches? if so what did you use?

-- Todd, Oak Ridge, TN, Hello my name is Todd and I'm a Toolholic, I bought my last tool 10 days, no 4 days, oh heck I bought a tool on the way here! †

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FuzzyDove

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#6 posted 03-01-2009 12:30 AM

TThomas –
I did not pre-treat with anything. It was from a batch of very nice poplar though – I was able to pick out pretty nice grain patterns for the panels.
- FuzzyDove

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#7 posted 03-01-2009 01:53 AM

Thanks…they look very nice….good job

-- Todd, Oak Ridge, TN, Hello my name is Todd and I'm a Toolholic, I bought my last tool 10 days, no 4 days, oh heck I bought a tool on the way here! †

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