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Old 03-05-2015, 12:45 PM   #41
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^ Just watch videos and ask questions. None of it is rocket science but just takes time. Whatever time a pro would take to do a job, quintuple it and that's how long it'll take you. Except for drywall, add a factor of 10 for that.
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^ Just watch videos and ask questions. None of it is rocket science but just takes time. Whatever time a pro would take to do a job, quintuple it and that's how long it'll take you. Except for drywall, add a factor of 10 for that.
Drywall I can hang quickly, but suck balls at mud/taping, so I would either pay a pro to finish it, but in the case of the bathroom, I'll just tile the entire damn place, floor to ceiling.
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Finishing time for the countertop! I made up a few test pieces and utilized a little dark mahogany and cordovan transtint dyes. Last night I eased the edges by hand using a rigid sanding block hitting them from a few angles followed by hand. I then put two coats of the Charles Neil blotch control on it. This stuff ROCKS. In my test pieces, blotches were very very obvious. As you can see by the pics below, it really worked well.




After shellac and dye before sanding



And finally after sanding and the first coat of Arm-R-Seal (top and bottom)





And this one is without the pool table light on.


I'm very happy with the color and how beautifully the blotch control worked. I love using these dye's and seeing the gorgeous grain. This is my first time using Arm-R-Seal and I also really like it. I'm using Gloss and will keep that finish, applying several more coats. The depth and clarity of this combination of products is just awesome, and I know will get even better before it's done.
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Old 03-11-2015, 04:26 PM   #44
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^ How'd you attach all those boards together to make the top? Kreg jig?
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^ How'd you attach all those boards together to make the top? Kreg jig?
Did it the "correct" way. Glue (TiteBond) and alot of clamps, and even more luck!

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Any reason you went that route instead of kreg jig?

I wouldn't say glue is the "correct" way lol, that would probably biscuit joint or tongue and groove.
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I would agree that edge gluing is the "traditional way". Specifically, you're supposed to first place the adjacent boards side by side, and match plane them to remove any gaps.

There are some cool videos on youtube of the process.
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Any reason you went that route instead of kreg jig?

I wouldn't say glue is the "correct" way lol, that would probably biscuit joint or tongue and groove.
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I would agree that edge gluing is the "traditional way". Specifically, you're supposed to first place the adjacent boards side by side, and match plane them to remove any gaps.

There are some cool videos on youtube of the process.
Ok, humor me fellas...I've seen $10,000 canoes and other furniture built this way, so please elaborate why this is not the correct method (not trolling, just trying to learn.)
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Ok, humor me fellas...I've seen $10,000 canoes and other furniture built this way, so please elaborate why this is not the correct method (not trolling, just trying to learn.)
The proper glue (Titebond etc) will bond wood at a level of strength even higher than the wood itself. Hard to fathom but it's true. This is how butcher block is made as well. You will read countless threads about someone who's glued 2 boards and when trying to separate them afterwards, the wood breaks in a place other than the glue line. You're saying that you've seen $10,000 canoes built with pocket screws?

Let me also add that glue is not the be all end all for all joints. Obviously you can use pocket screws, mortise and tenon, dovetail, and a hundred other forms of joinery. But, its the universally accepted best practice for joining boards into large unified panels.
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The proper glue (Titebond etc) will bond wood at a level of strength even higher than the wood itself. Hard to fathom but it's true. This is how butcher block is made as well. You will read countless threads about someone who's glued 2 boards and when trying to separate them afterwards, the wood breaks in a place other than the glue line. You're saying that you've seen $10,000 canoes built with pocket screws?

Let me also add that glue is not the be all end all for all joints. Obviously you can use pocket screws, mortise and tenon, dovetail, and a hundred other forms of joinery. But, its the universally accepted best practice for joining boards into large unified panels.
I don't know anything about pocket screws, but I watched a high end canoe maker sandwich layers of wood with glue and clamps.
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I don't know anything about pocket screws, but I watched a high end canoe maker sandwich layers of wood with glue and clamps.
Probably because pocket screws are not water tight.
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Hey guys, here are a few updated pics. I've been traveling alot for work which has delayed progress. Was at SXSW in Austin and am in Silicon Valley this week.



Installed the countertop



And a little art.
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As an afterthought, I figured I'd try adding some furniture feet to the cabinets. Found these online and had them shipped to the house. Heres the test fit



I had to change up the baseboards a bit and then painted to match and installed.

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