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Project by mikedrums posted 02-02-2010 07:30 PM 2736 views 3 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Client wanted built-in look, with portability.
birch plywood, poplar, beech molding
all molding custom made
cabinet door are faux-panel—plywood with recess routed and profiled trim applied





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Skylark53

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#1 posted 02-03-2010 05:16 AM

Nice work. Are the shelves adjustable? Welcome to LJs; this is a terrific site to find challenging ideas, encouraging mentors, true craftsmen and artists.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#2 posted 02-03-2010 05:31 AM

Great built-in a fantastic build.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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mikedrums

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#3 posted 02-03-2010 05:50 AM

Thanks, guys.
All but one shelf, each, are adjustable using hole-n-peg.
The center shelves on the left and right sections, and the top of the cabinet of the center, are dadoed and glued.
All molding was done with the router. Cove was done on table saw.

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Scott

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#4 posted 02-03-2010 06:19 AM

How did you finish the shelves?

-- Making Wood Shorter, One board at a time

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BarnwoodBARNEY

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#5 posted 02-03-2010 06:56 AM

Awesome work,great job,truly

-- BarnwoodBARNEY Texas USA

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mikedrums

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#6 posted 02-03-2010 06:59 AM

They wanted the same paint as the existing crown molding in the house. I tried spraying the molding but wasn’t getting the results I like because it was too thin. I probably need better spray equipment. I ended up using a brush and treating the paint with Penetrol paint conditioner. That stuff rocks. The brush marks just disappear.

What I ended up doing on the flat sections, including the shelves, was rolling with a very fine hair. Yes, that’s right, a roller. :-) The Penetrol really leveled it out, though. I wish I could remember the exact paint. I know it was a high quality Sherwin Williams oil and I think it was alkyd. It did dry pretty hard.

It’s a friend’s house, so I’m over there periodically. I would always check to see if there was any “sticking” to the shelves of the books and other objects, and there never was.

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Scott

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#7 posted 02-03-2010 08:19 PM

Thanks, I’ve been avoiding building some shelving in my living room because of my past experience painting wood. I used a laytex enamel on my son’s toy box 10 years ago, and paper will still stick to it today.

-- Making Wood Shorter, One board at a time

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mikedrums

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#8 posted 02-03-2010 08:45 PM

Sounds about right. I don’t think latex paint ever gets to the point where stuff won’t stick to it.

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#9 posted 02-07-2010 02:11 AM

Nice built-in.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#10 posted 02-27-2010 11:21 PM

Great looking nshelves. Nice construction.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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#11 posted 03-07-2010 03:53 AM

custom made? you used a machine to shape those – i wont even use the wheel to pick up my hand felled timber – brought in by ox sled – i use a freshly caught tarpon to mill to thickness – hide glue is the only way -scrape the carcass of a fresh mammal and mix with water – coating wood with paint is deplorable
just my 2 cents

-- -erik & christy-

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mikedrums

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#12 posted 03-07-2010 04:09 AM

Yeah, webwood… I’m not sure where you’re going with those comments.
I’ll give you the benefit of the doubt that you’re not being a d!@k, and you just kidding around in some way.

...Oh, and if the client wants paint, I’ll paint it. Last I checked, Poplar was a pretty butt-ugly wood with all the green steaks and such.

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webwood

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#13 posted 03-07-2010 10:31 PM

just a response to your’e post on the router jig topic – a machine is only as good as it’s operator – i love my incra – best router table i’ve ever owned – i can do things with this the human eye can’t see – accuracy is the key – tecknological advancment has only made us better – some fail to see that – some on this site spend 3,4,10 years on a project – i can’t make a living like that – and people love the stuff i do – to say i didn’t make that is ludacris – just as your’e molding – nice wall unit by the way

-- -erik & christy-

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mikedrums

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#14 posted 03-08-2010 12:14 AM

Oh, so you’re passive aggressive, I get it.

I think you may have read my post too fast.
The “I made this?” comment was in reference to CNC machines, not dovetail jigs.

Your boxes are beautiful, and I certainly meant no offense to you. I was offering a general opinion about general practices, not pointing fingers directly at any one person. We all have our own general opinions on these matters, that should be discussed without trying to offend individuals.

I didn’t seek out an individual’s profile, searching for some way to make offensive comments to them, in a juvenile, veiled attempt at revenge.

At least have to stones to answer directly after my comment in the original forum topic, next time. :-)

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