Mission oak Dresser

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Project by mike85215 posted 12-12-2010 07:27 AM 2860 views 5 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project was a comissioned order that took way longer than it should have.
I had actually started the build process back in April …. yes eight months ago. The building process was finished by the first week in May but the customer had a difficult time deciding on the color that he wanted.
There were several firsts for me on this project, I used a brush on lacquer by Deft for the first coat and then switched to aerosol cans for the subsequent layers. NO, I will not do that again, the overspray took a considerable amount of work to correct. However I have no plans on going back to polyurethane finishes again either. I have decided that the lacquer finish is so easy to apply that I sent my wife out to buy a Titan Capspray95 for future use.
Delivery was this afternoon and the customer liked it enough to order enough pieces to fill their home.
Don’t we wish that all of our customers were that nice and understanding!?

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#1 posted 12-12-2010 07:33 AM

Clean lines I like it. Nice work.

-- The works of evil people are not the problem. It is the "Good" people standing by and watching not speaking up. Dubsaloon

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#2 posted 12-12-2010 07:44 AM

I like the look of the chest. I have one question for you. When you say ”-the overspray took a considerable amount of work to correct. ” what was the problem? The reason for my question is that I have not sprayed lacquer before and was thinking of doing so. I have a hvlp system so just hoping to learn something. Again nice job.

-- F.Little

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#3 posted 12-12-2010 08:00 AM

Woodnut….the overspray was not from an hvlp system….at the time that I was finishing I did not have a hvlp system. The overspray came from me using aerosol cans.

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#4 posted 12-12-2010 08:23 AM

I saw the dresser before the finish and it looked great then, clean lines, good gaps between frames and drawers. Wish I could have seen it before it was finished. Great work.

And, Yes, I wish all customers were nice and understanding.

-- David, Mesa Arizona

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#5 posted 12-12-2010 04:12 PM

Nice work and it’s pretty cool that it turned into more work.

-- Russ

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#6 posted 12-12-2010 04:13 PM

Very nice design and workmanship. Too bad they didn’t order it made from quarter sawn lumber. It would have looked even nicer. Thanks for the post.

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#7 posted 12-12-2010 04:51 PM

kkickback…yes lacquer is more forgiving by not having to sand but the best part is the drying time..lacquer dries so fast that dust is not an issue.

Tenontim…They did want it in quartersawn, I tried to not do quartersawn for two reasons 1) I had about four hundred feet of red oak sitting in the shop. 2) the last time I used quartersawn I ended up with so many splinters that it was unreal so I “sorta” priced quartersawn out of the equation, now I wished that it was in quartersawn.

David… As I had told you when you visited I was genuinely afraid to try the lacquer…after uising it there is no question in my mind that lacquer is the way to go, just do not do it with a small aerosol can.

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#8 posted 12-12-2010 08:06 PM

very nice
you did a wonderful job

-- Emmett, from Georgia

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#9 posted 12-13-2010 05:15 AM

Very nice looking unit, great looking details.

-- Tim, Myrtle Beach, Just one more tool, that's all I need! :)

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#10 posted 12-13-2010 05:20 AM

Yeah. It’s beautiful. Just beautiful.

-- -- Neil

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#11 posted 04-22-2011 04:16 PM

Great. Do you use drawer slides? Seems like it would almost take away from it.


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#12 posted 04-22-2011 04:29 PM

Beautiful dresser.

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