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Cool My DIY 29-gallon cabinet

This was my first real woodworking project. Gave me an excuse to buy a router table and a set of raised panel bits. You can see the crappy Walmart cabinet in the background that this will be replacing.



I bought the plans from here:

http://www.knottyplans.com/

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Very, very nice. For your first real project, it lokks great!!

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No WAY! I'd say that for your 30th project that looks fantastic, never mind your first!

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That's pretty... I think it's the same color stain that I used for mine. I also sealed mine with polyeurathane. I can't tell if you sealed it or not, but I don't see the gloss from the polyeurathane so I'm guessing no.

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Thanks for the nice comments! I used 2 coats of a low-gloss polyurethane. This particular photo doesn't show the gloss well, but if it did, you would see the flaws also.

Here are the most important lessons I learned from this project:

1. When gluing up a project, be sure to get rid of the excess glue before it dries completely. Remaining glue spots will not absorb stain.
2. You must be very patient with the sanding process if you want to get rid of all scratches which will stand out when stained.
3. You must be very patient when applying polyurethane to avoid a runny, uneven finish.
4. I am not very patient.

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Good job on that! I downloaded those same plans, but I wasn't brave enough and didn't want to buy the tools to make my own doors so I bought them at Menards.
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beautiful stand i have a stock POS for a stand
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4. I am not very patient.
Me neither... But I figured, if I can't see it from 2ft away, I wouldn't care about it too much. Therefore, my sanding time was cut by nearly 95%. Yeah, I just went over it with some steel wool.

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1. When gluing up a project, be sure to get rid of the excess glue before it dries completely. Remaining glue spots will not absorb stain.
2. You must be very patient with the sanding process if you want to get rid of all scratches which will stand out when stained.
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Do yourself a favor and get yourself a set of handscrapers like this:

http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?p...hand%20scraper

If you have a good set of scrapers, it will take off the glue and also smooth out the wood prior to sanding. They work pretty good to get the tool marks out of wood as well. They basically function as planes, but they remove much less wood. You can get a very smooth finish before you refine with finer sanding.

Definatley one of my favorite tools.

The stand came out great looking man. The raised pannels look great! That is a fine looking stand!

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Good job
Wish I could build something like that. ^__^


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Way better then the crap walmart stand!!! Way to go
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Man I need to put together a table for my router... it's just collecting dust right now, not making it.


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Nellis,

Check out this table... not that much more than the cost of putting one together yourself, and saves yourself all the time:

http://www.rt1000.com/

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Is this what you use? If so, how's the fence?
The Rockler ones are pretty tempting, but I'm on tool probation. I've spent WAAAAAY too much on em lately.


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The Rockler fence is cheap, but not very good IMHO. It has a cutout in the aluminum in the exact wrong place - right in the middle behind the bit. As a result, it flexes a little when you push the stock up against it, messing up the cut. The MDF table sags, too.
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