Aurora's Lunch Caddy

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Project by robscastle posted 360 days ago 690 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 Robert

7 comments so far

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#1 posted 360 days ago

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

-- Kiefer 松

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#2 posted 360 days ago

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 359 days ago

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

-- Regards Robert

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#4 posted 359 days ago

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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15582 posts in 1493 days

#5 posted 359 days ago

It turned out very well and is also real practical.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#6 posted 357 days ago

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

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#7 posted 354 days ago

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

Appreciate all the feedback and guidance everybody!!

-- Regards Robert

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