Monday, July 7, 2008

Entertainment Center 5

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With each of the four boxes all built, laid out, and adjusted, it was time to trim out all of the shelves and sand all the parts.

I milled up a trim piece for all the shelves, and glued and nailed them on with 23 gauge pin nails and clamped them for good measure.

While the shelves were drying I started sanding all of the box pieces using 220 grit sandpaper.  A light sand was all that was needed for most pieces.

Then it was time for the finishing!  As I mentioned in an earlier post, the finishing process I would be doing, a spray-on, no-wipe stain, would be a first for me.

I began by mixing up 16 parts xylene (solvent) to 4 parts N37 (brown color) to 1 part black.  I mixed up an entire gallon of that stuff, adjusted the flow rate and fan spread on the gun and sprayed away.

Xylene was used as the solvent, instead of mineral spirits, because the xylene dried much faster, which allowed me to spray on the stain with one gun, wait about a minute, and spray on a coat of pre-catalyzed lacquer with another gun right away.  It took a little more than three hours to pray on a coat of stain and a coat of lacquer to all the necessary surfaces.

The following day the first coat of lacquer was given a light sand and a second coat was added.

Observe all of the parts drying against the wall in the paint room.

After the finish had cured, which happened pretty fast given that the temperature in the finishing room was close to 85 degrees, it was time to build the boxes.

This project was the first time I had ever pre-finished all the parts prior to building the cabinet boxes but it won’t be the last.  It made life so much easier.  Sanding, staining, and finishing individual parts was so much easier than trying to sand, stain, and spray lacquer into a box!  Never again will I build first and finish second!  Well, maybe I shouldn’t say never.

below is a picture of the two base cabinets.  The backs are the glazed alder panels and all the other parts are the sprayed-on stained oak panels.  Some surfaces were not stained because they will be up against a wall and will not be seen.

Here is a picture of the upper right side cabinet with the flush mounted half-walls and middle vertical partition.