|Project by willi3ja||posted 01-03-2014 05:06 PM||2259 views||14 times favorited||12 comments|
We’re expecting our first little one, due in about 3 weeks from now, so I took the opportunity to try my hand at building some bigger furniture (have previously built a bench and bookcase). This was also the first project that I had used plans versus drawing things out myself and making whatever adjustments as needed and it was a bit of a change. It’s made of maple and finished with GF black cherry and GF high performance semi gloss.
We moved into a larger house about a year ago which afforded me an official workshop vs having to back the cars out of the garage. May have blown my tool budget for the next year (or 5) on the following acquisitions in addition to various accessories:
- Sawstop 3hp PCS
- Dewalt 735x planer
- Rikon 2hp DC
- Jet JDP-17 drill press
- Festool Rotex 90
- Festool CT midi
- Earlex 5500 hvlp
I hadn’t intended to buy all of them, but looking back it’s hard to imagine completing the projects without them.
Overall things went pretty smooth until the finishing process. We had picked up a handful of test stains to find the right color and used them on scrap maple boards. Once we decided on the BC I followed some guidance on using the GF pre stain conditioner underneath to help prevent blotching. Well, lesson learned about testing the ENTIRE finishing process. Went to spray the stain over the conditioner after following all instructions appropriately it looked horrible and streaky. Ended up having to sand down the entire changing table again to remove all of the stain and pre stain and it was a major PITA. I don’t have a whole lot of experience with topcoats, but was really impressed with how much depth the GF HP added.
In the end I’m pretty happy with it, couple little things here and there, but they’re only things that myself of you guys would notice. Wife is happy and that’s the most important, ha.