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Project by DustyMark posted 10-12-2012 03:24 AM 1525 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Completed 1995. This oak entertainment center is a design I developed. My brother came for a visit in January and we made this entertainment center, start-to-finish, in about 5 days. That was too much…he hasn’t woodworked since! The drawers are dovetailed and ride on full-extension Accuride drawer slides.

The third picture shows why I called it “speckled oak.” I shot Hydrocote lacquer through an HVLP sprayer and the tanin in the oak reacted with the finish. Trust me, I was not a happy camper. Grrrhhh!

-- Mark, Minnesota





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Dusty56

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#1 posted 10-12-2012 02:17 PM

Nice design on your EC : )
How long did it take for the “tanin” spots to appear in / under the finish ?
It seems odd that the whole surface didn’t react to the finish , if that was the cause of the speckles.
Was your HVLP sprayer ever used prior to this application ?

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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DustyMark

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#2 posted 10-12-2012 02:48 PM

Thanks. The spots appeared while brother was still there, so it reacted the same day. I was using the sprayer a lot during that phase of my woodworking journey. I was always careful about how I cleaned it.

I spoke with the manufacturer and apparently that was a problem they knew about with this particular water-based finish. I should have sprayed a coat of sealer first. It was worse on the horizontal surfaces where it was likely sprayed on a little heavier.

I switched over to brushing on oil-based finishes after that. I haven’t used my Fuji HVLP sprayer since…

-- Mark, Minnesota

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Dusty56

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#3 posted 10-12-2012 02:55 PM

I’d be pi$$ed if they knew about it and didn’t include that little tidbit of info on their labels !!
I was reading online that they want you to use spray guns that are made exclusively of stainless steel for use with their products. I don’t know about the Fuji’s internals.
Thanks for making me learn a few things today , and keep up the nice work : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#4 posted 10-12-2012 03:17 PM

You do know that today’s flat screen TV’s won’t fit in the TV opening, at least a larger flat screen TV won’t. Had to recently give away an entertainment center similar to what you built. Paid over $1.200. for the unit. Couldn’t sell it on Craigs list, even offering to include a 27”TV. LOL! Salvation Army finally took it away.

-- Art, Pittsburgh.

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#5 posted 10-12-2012 03:30 PM

Man O man I hate it when things like that happens,you still did a good job on the entertainment center.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#6 posted 10-12-2012 05:05 PM

Things do happen and the project still came out well

-- Norman

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DustyMark

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#7 posted 10-12-2012 05:42 PM

Yeah, it was mostly the flat surfaces and those were covered by electronics components. He placed a plant over the worst of it on the top. It worked out fine for his bachelor pad days.

And yes, the new TVs require a much different approach. It’s interesting how a woodworking project tied to technology can become obsolete.

-- Mark, Minnesota

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DustyMark

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#8 posted 10-12-2012 05:46 PM

My Fuji cup is aluminum and I think some of the internals are as well. It’s probably a 1993 model though.

-- Mark, Minnesota

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#9 posted 10-14-2012 03:54 AM

Very nice! I love the design!

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