|Project by OSU55||posted 87 days ago||622 views||2 times favorited||4 comments|
I got this typical office computer desk 10 years ago from my brother-in-law – his company was buying new equipment and giving away the old. I used it that way several years, but when my son took wood shop in high school about 3 years ago, I had him make the wood panels to replace the formica desk and shelf tops (from red oak). I made the drawer cabinets underneath. This was my first “build” of furniture, and I enjoy the fact that it was a kind of a father/son venture. It’s not my first finishing project, I’ve been doing that for a long time. The left part of the desk is my fly tying station.
I planed the glued up panels using a router cross slide setup. The tear out was bad, and would not fully sand out. I finished it anyway. I had used the router planing previously on some other work with the same result. After these “failed” attempts to get the router planing to work, I became determined to figure out how to get panels/table tops flat with the grain structure intact. I had been fooling around with handplanes for a couple of years with no great success. After more research and testing, I got the handplane thing figured out – and fell down that slippery slope. You can visit my blog for for info on handplanes http://lumberjocks.com/OSU55/blog
I also used a biscuit joiner to glue up the small panels for the shelf and keyboard. I’m glad I was able to borrow this tool rather than buy it, because I was not pleased with the whole biscuit joining process or results and learned it with out spending the money. I now use clamping cauls and butt joints – just as strong, much better joint alignment, and faster.
Here is the finish schedule for those interested:
This was my first chance to use my new CA Technologies CPR-G spray gun – what a difference a good gun makes!
• Sanded with P80 and ROS for hours to remove router planing step marks and try to remove grain tearout. Sanded with ROS with P120, P180, P220.
• Stained with solvent aniline dye
• Filled grain with Old Master’s solvent grain filler tinted black. One coat at peanut butter consistency. Need to try thinning and doing multiple coats.
• 2 coats dewaxed blonde shellac, 2# cut. Lightly sanded p320
• Sprayed and drop filled multiple (4-5) coats Target Coatings HSF 5100. Used SA5 retarder, helped flow. Tinted with Amber Transtint and 1 drop medium brown. 5100 worked ok but not great. Probably need to do several coats of shellac, then the 5100.
• Top coated with Target Coatings SC9000 3 coats. Used SA5 in all, and X linker in last coat.
• Cure for 2 weeks in hot garage.
• Started sanding with P400. Got to 800 grit, got busy, let sit for 60 days.
• Lot of wood movement and finish shrink while sitting.
• Started sanding at 600, then 800, 1000 Abrenet.
• Meguair’s 1st cut, swirl remover, glaze, then synthetic sealant.
• Metal pieces were washed and wet sanded with Scotchbrite.
• Spray painted with black satin enamel implement paint from Tractor Supply Co.
I don’t use solvent stain or grain filler anymore. I’ve shifted to waterbased finishing systems, except for shellac. I got tired of the fumes.
Thanks for looking!