Wardrobe/ entertianment/ kitchen #1: Wardrobe units

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Blog entry by rando1 posted 10-06-2011 01:23 PM 6495 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Our current project brings us to a home in which has requested a custom designed set of Wardrobe units for their bedroom, a pair of matching bookcases and entertainment center for their den. We will also be fabricating their kitchen cabinets and making some pull-out shelving units for the kitchen cabinets.

All of the furniture pieces for this project a made up of poplar facing and MDF boxes that will be coated white base lacquer and Clear coat Lacquer for the finish.

These are some of the phases of the wardrobe units being built and then putting in place. Still have to get our brushed nickel style hardware on the units. More to come with the rest of the project….Thanks for looking.

-- Randon Riegsecker,

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#1 posted 10-06-2011 02:14 PM

Very nice work.


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#2 posted 10-06-2011 05:31 PM

Nice work!

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Blair Helgason

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#3 posted 10-06-2011 05:46 PM

These look great, thanks so much for posting.

I’ll be designing a few built-ins in the near future and was planning on using MDF for the cases and poplar for the face frames. I’m glad to hear the someone else is using MDF. Would you be able to give some more information about the finish / paint and the method you use? The units I’ll be making will be painted as well and I really want them to last and look professional but I don’t have a sprayer of any kind.

Thank you in advance!

-- Blair

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#4 posted 10-07-2011 12:13 AM

Blair; I recently built kitchen cabinet doors using MDF and poplar frames. The poplar machines very nicely and MDF is hard to beat for the panels. I used brush and roller for the prime and paint. NEVER again! The build took about 4 days the painting took almost two weeks. I have since picked up a Critter spray gun (Amazon) for cheap. While I have not used it for any jobs I have practiced with it on some cardboard sheets. The paint needs to be thinned with Flotrol (Big Orange Box Store) a little water then run all of that through a strainer also available at the BOBS. Shezam works GREAT. Try it you will like it.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#5 posted 10-07-2011 02:48 AM

Our recommendation is When using MDF, Use the higher grade or premium grade to get your best finish. Using a lesser grade will require you using a good seal undercoat soluvent based primer. If you do not you will find your self sanding much more between coat to achieve your look. When using a Box store grade MDF, I suggest sanding it to a minimum of 220/ 320 before your seal coat. Scuff sanding between coats to achieve your look. I would also caution you on rolling and brushing on the MDF. After our soluvent base undercoat, we use a white base lacquer, and then finish it of with one to two coats of clear coat lacquer. We use the 3M gravity gun with the disposal liners and throw away atomizers. We have found with you small shop to be the most effective method.
On average we do more birch and maple plys on most of our cabinets and built-ins, but will keep within the customers budgets and preferences.

Poplar and maple are most of our paint grade cabs, and we almost always biscut our fronts and Pocket screw where ever possible to not have to deal with nail holes. Just some of the things that has helped us out at our shop.
Continue to work to your best ability with the equipment you have. Keep up the good work.
Thanks for sharing you guys, I love seeing and hearing thoughts and ideas.

-- Randon Riegsecker,

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Blair Helgason

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#6 posted 10-07-2011 09:46 PM

Jumbojack; is the Critter spray gun you’re talking about the same as this one from Lee Valley?,190,43034&ap=2
I was leery about buying it because of the quality/size of my air compressor (3 Gallon Campbell Hausfeld)

Thanks a lot for the info guys, it really does help a lot. Turns out the job I was talking about has been pushed in priority to a Walnut Vanity, pretty excited about that one because it’s a free standing cabinet and… I love walnut!

-- Blair

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