|Forum topic by FaTToaD||posted 10-28-2009 07:30 PM||16546 views||0 times favorited||3 replies|
10-28-2009 07:30 PM
A little background info:
We have a large, walk-in master closet in the house we just bought. It originally had a bunch of store bought wire shelves scattered across the walls. I took down the shelves, fixed some holes, and we applied a new coat of paint to the walls and ceiling. Now it’s time to build the closet system itself.
Since the door into the closet is not centered, I want to build one side 12” deep, and the other side 10”. The 12” side will have rods for hanging clothes, while the 10” side will have adjustable shelves and a giant shoe rack.
I’m pretty new to woodworking so I don’t know a lot about the individual characteristics of the different wood species. We’ve been looking at using pine to build the closet system, mainly because of price and availability. We plan to stain the pine with a dark walnut oil stain. I know there are issues staining pine, but I’ve been practicing on scraps with different sanding grits and some pre-stain conditioners and have had good results so far. My recipe includes an oil based pre-stain conditioner, a couple coats of stain, a couple coats of shellac, and then a couple coats of poly.
We also looked at oak and poplar. The oak was just too expensive, and I’ve heard poplar just doesn’t stain well, it’s better for paint.
My questions is, are there any issues building this with pine? We live in the high desert so we have very low humidity year round. We do use an evaporative cooler in the summer to keep the house cool, though it raises the humidity level quite a bit, the closet does not get any of that air flow.