Wine Cabinet

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Project by idiotwithtools posted 01-23-2011 10:29 PM 1594 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just finished this wine cabinet for a friend. Did I ever mention I hate finishing. It has 2 coats of Charles Neil pre stain (blotch control), 2 coats of polyshade finish, 3 coats of a lighter shade of stain (trying to lighten the color) which didn’t work. 2 more coats of bombay mahogany, and 3 coats of poly. I designed the crown molding on top to pop off for easy transport. The arch of the doors continue around the side of the cabinet. I think I need another method of staining poplar and plywood. I would welcome any and all criticisms.

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#1 posted 01-24-2011 12:04 AM

I have experienced your pain. I had finished a project with the same product, and it was very difficult for me to work with. The only reason I used it was because it was a perfect color match to the rest of the furniture in the room, which was something my client specified. I figured that I would get better color consistency from a premix than having to mix colors on my own. I did get the color, but with all the nooks and crannies, it was very hard to control brush marks and streaks. I was told to give water based dyes and tints over de-waxed shellac a try, and then seal it with and appropriate topcoat. I personally recommend General Finishes Polyacrylic in satin. It dries fast and leaves a very nice feeling finish.

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#2 posted 01-24-2011 12:19 AM

WOW! There are a lot of beautiful drawers! Great job! ...and I hate finishing too! Always takes 10 times longer to do the finish as it does to make a project or at least it seems like it.

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#3 posted 01-24-2011 12:49 AM

VERY nice! Maybe I’m an idiot, but where do the wine bottles go?

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#4 posted 01-24-2011 02:27 AM

It may not be the finish you were aiming for, but I think it turned out gorgeous. I so understand your difficulties with staining….. soft woods especially. It’s almost impossible to get an even color unless the wood is dyed before staining. Something I have recently learned and not tried yet. Here’s an article than may be of help. It even has a piece of furniture simillar to yours. You would never know it was made with three types of wood.
I also would like to know where the bottles go :-) In the drawers maybe?

-- Paul, Plantagenet, Ontario

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