|Project by DaveLikeGolf||posted 12-31-2007 06:18 PM||2397 views||5 times favorited||13 comments|
This was my first real project. I am in the process of building my daughter some furniture for her bedroom (crib and dresser) and building a chest of drawers and nightstands for my bedroom. They were taking so long that I was getting burned out. I just wanted to see something completed!
I wanted to do something small and fun, so when my sister said she needed a music stand for Christmas, the gears in my head started turning. Why not BUILD her a music stand? Then as I was playing in Sketchup, I decided that it would be neat to personalize the stand by making the sheet holder spell out her initials, “KMK”. Anyway, several boards of mahogany and two scroll saw blades later and the finished product is something I’m quite proud of.
The finish is Minwax Polyshades which I used despite asking peoples opinion and getting mixed results. It’s not a terrible product if you throw the directions for use out the window. When it says “thin layers” it means thin layers! You should barely have any product on your brush, and once you’re satisfied with an area DON’T TOUCH IT AGAIN! You’ll only screw it up. let it dry and then sand it to completion. Or wipe it off with mineral spirits and try again. Overall, I wouldn’t recommend the polyshades to a friend, but I’m comfortable enough with it now that I can continue using it. I also used it on my daughters dresser (also made out of mahogany) which I will post later this week.
Overall, it was a quite enjoyable project. When I get a little more comfortable with my tools and my finishing skills take off, I may just try to sell these guys on Ebay. I’m not sure if there is a market for personalized music stands, but it wasn’t terribly difficult and could be fun as a small side project to pay for the wood and stuff.
-- David, Lakeland, FL - GO BOLTS!!!