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Project by bauerwood posted 06-06-2011 05:17 PM 1696 views 3 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A buffet I was hired to build a few months ago. I used 8/4 Poplar for the skeleton and legs. The client gave me a picture from a home furnishing mag and told me to duplicate it, but wanting to add some originality I raised the top up about 8” and created the gap. I was worried but she loved it and went for it. It sure is nice when a client gives you a little creative space to work with!

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#1 posted 06-06-2011 06:09 PM

What id the finish on this? Looks great

-- The basis for optimism is shear terror

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#2 posted 06-06-2011 06:52 PM

If my memory is correct this was the last project I did using Minwax PolyShades or something like that. The one where the clear is pre mixed with the stain. Thank you for the compliment but I would advise not using this product unless you are a weekend warrior and you don’t really give a crap about your project or your finish. It took three coats of stain and two of just clear, and a whole lot of sanding inbetween EVERY coat to get that finish where I wanted it. Thats why it was the last time I used that brand, just my two cents.

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#3 posted 06-06-2011 07:56 PM

This came out nice. I was wondering about the finish as well, but will take your advice and stay away from that product.

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#4 posted 06-06-2011 07:58 PM

Very attractive. I like the dimensions. OMG Polyshades is the work of the devil. I’m surprised you were able to salvage it. That stuff is downright horrible. Awesome work, though.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#5 posted 06-06-2011 07:59 PM

Nice work!

-- Rory // Milwaukee, WI

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#6 posted 06-06-2011 08:47 PM

Great end results, sorry you had probelms with the finish. The design side of my brain loves the gap, but the practical side wants drawers. I have a feeling my final decision would have gone with the design side.

Thanks for posting,

-- Cal Noguchi -

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#7 posted 06-06-2011 09:01 PM

Nice looking buffet.

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#8 posted 07-07-2011 03:54 PM

I like the gap. I think the gap gives it more of a moder design whereas drawers would have made it look much more traditional. Thanks for the review of PolyShades. I’ve considered using in the past, but have not, and based on what you said I won’t. I continue to find dye, followed by several coats of wipe-on poly (it builds slower, so more coats, but becasue they are thinner, a lot less trouble with bubbles, dust, etc) followed by a good coat of wax works best. Takes awhile but I like the finish.

-- Shameless - Winner of two Stumpy Nubs Awards

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#9 posted 07-07-2011 04:37 PM

Rob, if you’re using dye followed by a poly build, please don’t buy polyshades lol. About three dozen steps backward from where you are. Well, if you want to see what the worst finish in the natural World can do to your project, pick some up!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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