Aurora's Lunch Caddy

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Project by robscastle posted 08-27-2013 06:12 AM 1270 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The story.

My wife Aurora asked me if I could make her a box for her lunch gear so it wouldn’t tip over in the car.

I had all the materials available so set to work.
I made the carcass from ply and glued and butt jointed it together.

As it was for her I thought I would “flash it up” a bit and decided to add round trim.
The trim I had from my rainy day dowel making activity, but it did not have a suitable rebate.

So I set about rebating the dowels.
(see my blog on the process if you are interested in doing something similar)

Fitted everything together and I had intended to leave the ply panels natural and add black dye to the trim.

I masked everything up with painters tape and with a pad/wad dyed all the trim, it was starting to look really good!

However when I removed the tape dye, to my horror had weeped under the tape and ruined all my good work.

I almost wept as well when I saw it.

So very disappointed I decided to add Sapelle paper veneer the panels to hide the mess.
But after rolling out the paper veneer I then realised I would need two runs to do each panel.

Rats!!... too much work I thought, and after consultation with the customer I decided to dye the complete outside.

After drying a coat of Polyurethane was applied to finish it off.

Have a look at picture No six the bleeding is evident on the inside below the trim, the outside was even worse.

Conclusion: The customer was happy with the result so all worked in the end!


-- Regards Rob

7 comments so far

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#1 posted 08-27-2013 05:27 PM

That will work just fine for the lady and keep the car safe from spills .

-- Kiefer

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#2 posted 08-28-2013 12:36 AM

Function trumps form in some instances. I think this would be one of them.

Bleeding under the edge of tape is one reason why I always hated painting anything really. I recently tried Frog Tape as it claims to have a certain ingredient that forms a gel like barrier to prevent this from happening. I used that as well as the standard blue tape and even some green pin-striping tape and I have to admit, the frog tape performed as advertised.

-- If at first you don't succeed then maybe skydiving isn't for you.

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#3 posted 08-28-2013 01:57 AM

Frog Tape you say? never heard of it, so I had better hop off and go and get some,
Thanks for the tip

-- Regards Rob

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#4 posted 08-28-2013 02:52 PM

Can’t tell from the photos, but is it possible the tape had peeled away on the edges and the stain flowed under it. I’ve had that happen a few times. Of course for me it’s was because I had a little dust or something along the edge that kept the tape from sticking down.
I’ve had some luck with putting the tape down overlapping the area I wanted to paint/stain, then taking a razor knife/exacto blade and cutting the tape along the target line.

-- Pete, "It isn't broken, you just aren't using it right."

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#5 posted 08-28-2013 03:50 PM

It turned out very well and is also real practical.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#6 posted 08-30-2013 02:59 PM

It came out good and functional. It will serve well your wife. Great job!

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#7 posted 09-02-2013 09:40 PM

Check out my associated blog with an updated test using sanding sealer.

Appreciate all the feedback and guidance everybody!!

-- Regards Rob

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