Zen inspired a/v bookcase gone wrong

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Zen inspired a/v bookcase gone wrong
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The idea was to build and finish a small corner unit within 5 hours. I started with birch veneered particle core, doubled in thickness with a spacer to reach 2”. Time constraints forced me to use screws in holes for assembly and plugs to hide them but there are ways to make all attachments invisible. The only difficulty was that the unit was to go in a corner so there are sections of the gables that turn inward in the back. Then I added pre-glued veneer to cover the faces. The finishing was first done with Saman black diluted 20% with water, wiped hastily before it could soak all in to give it a dark foundation. Then a coat of Minwax Red Mahogany was also wiped on to give reddish reflections. The final clear was two coats of catalyzed varnish sprayed on with a light 320 grit rub betweeen coats. Unfortunately, as you see in the picture, the veneer sagged when it became wet in areas where it had no support and never got back to it original shape. I have since changed that television for a larger one and this unit, unneeded, was recycled…

-- Ah! The loving smell of heated Acer Saccharum...

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Les Casteel

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#1 posted 04-17-2010 03:15 PM

The Japanese have a saying: It is valuable to learn which road NOT to travel. Lesson learned and skill gained.

Good Luck on future projects!

-- Les, Missouri,

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