|Project by Greg Wurst||posted 02-05-2008 03:45 AM||4751 views||1 time favorited||8 comments|
Nothing special here, just a small rack I just built for my son’s room to hold some of his DVD’s he watches before he goes to sleep. It’s basically just an MDF box put together with pocket screws with the side trim glued to the carcass and a top panel glued to the top for decoration. The only reason I bothered to post this is to detail some new finishing techniques I tried:
1. Sealing the porous MDF edges – I had seen recommendations for using joint compound to seal the edges and thought I’d give it a try. Effective, but messy and time consuming. Next time I’ll try the 50-50 wood glue and water mixture some have recommended.
2. Priming the MDF – I used spray automotive sandable primer. Some people expressed concern about not soaking-in enough due to the fast dry time, but I didn’t have any problems. It also wet sanded easily and provided a much smoother finish than I was able to get previously with a brushed-on Kilz primer. I’ll probably use this technique again in the future.
3. Finish coat – I tried a cheap rattle can acrylic enamel from Wal-Mart. Cost a whole $1. I was able to get a decent finish, but it took the whole can and a ton of coats. The spray pattern was awful. While I was able to get 4 good coats from the primer with about 5 passes per side, it took at least 9 coats with at least 8-9 passes per side with the cheap ColorPlace enamel. Splurge and spend a couple bucks for a better quality spray paint and you’ll likely have better and quicker results. I’ll likely try this again with a better quality paint.
Oh, if you want to build a similar case that holds about 17 DVD’s let me know and I’ll put a link to the Sketchup plans I created along with the supply list.
EDIT: Here’s the link to the Sketchup files and material list: http://cid-258899c12334cc4d.skydrive.live.com/browse.aspx/DVD%20Rack?uc=3&nl=1
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