I am at the point in this project where progress isn’t that noticeable. And, my work week was very hectic – some early morning travelling which eliminated before work shop time. And the same was true in the evenings for much of the week. I put up a message on Twitter (I refuse to call them “tweets”) about how my day job was really interfering with my woodworking. Oh well, I have to keep in mind that my day job is what enables us to pay the bills…
I spent some time Friday morning sanding the stain off the drawer faces. The stain was a little spotty and I was hoping that sanding it off and re-applying stain would eliminate some of this – and it did, but I discovered something surprising. After six days of drying time, stain wicked up to the surface of the oak (see the photo above). I have seen this happen with oak while the stain was still wet, but the surface had long dried. I sanded it off as best I could and then re-applied the stain.
This built-in will reside in a cavity I found adjacent to my daughter’s small bathroom. This cavity is exposed to the attic above, so this built-in will undergo some significant changes in temperature through the year (one of the reasons I selected plywood for the case of this project). I am going to do everything I can think of to protect the parts of the built-in that face this area. This includes two coats of exterior paint. I am even thinking about attaching insulation to it somehow.
Since this built-in will reside in a bathroom, it will be subject to considerable moisture – specifically steam from hot showers on cold winter mornings. I will brush on two coats of gloss polyurethane followed by a final coat of wipe-on satin.
I have yet another project to tackle. Today, the wife and I bought a new high def TV. We are probably the last ones on our street to get one. Our old TV has been a good one, but thankfully, it is starting to mess up, so a new one is in order.
I will have to build a false back for my entertainment center in order to mount the TV to it. I have limited space (a 37″ TV was the largest size that would fit the opening) and I don’t want to use the desk-top stand which would just take up space. I need to have this figured out by next weekend, so I am not sure how much time I will have for the built-in this week.
And, the African mahogany for my Dad’s TV console should arrive towards the end of the week. A lot going on in my workshop right now!
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