|Project by Nic||posted 02-24-2012 04:06 AM||1446 views||2 times favorited||5 comments|
Cherry Executive Desk, Finished with a General Finish Enduro Semi Gloss (water base). There were many challenges with this particular project. Most were involved with the lack of planning or the finish being harder to use that anticipated. I did not buy the hardware till the end which caused me to have to remake the doors and drawers, origionally my plans called for flush mount. I shot the water based poly with an HPLV sprayer, but had problems with Fish Eye, drips, runs, and uneven application. Apparently, you cannot use a tack cloth (oil base) with the water based poly, or it creates spots. I also could not get enough volume out of the gun and had to thin the poly down more and could never get it to lay right. eventually i gave up and went to a nice brush. Two coats brushed, sanded at 220, third, fouth, and fiifth coat sanded with Abralon at 360, 500, and 1000. smooth as glass finish, then waxed. I highly recomend using the Abralon pads with the orbital sander. Poplar drawers dovetailed with metal slides. The top is solid Cherry 3/4 inch thick, then around the edges another 3/4 for the appearance of 1.5 inches, and i added ply filler through the middle area where it could not be seen. Cherry ply for the sides and keyboard tray. I regret the use of Pocket holes on the inside of the cabinet. With the Glass doors, you can see the plugs and it would have been just as easy to glue and biscut, or create dado.