Originally Posted by hoppycalif
It is very difficult to stain evenly where you fill nail holes or cracks. The filler just doesn't react to the stain the way wood does. You can get so called stainable wood filler, but even that shows up very boldly when you stain over it. I found you can use wood dye, instead of stain (http://www.woodcraft.com/family.aspx?FamilyID=760
) and it covers the wood filler better. It still isn't a perfect color match, but a lot better. When I finally quit making wood furniture I was using dyes almost exclusively because I liked working with them so much better.
Your door idea should work very well, and overlay hinges are easy to get and not expensive.
Thanks very much for the idea on the dye, on the next project I'll consider it.
I bought the molding today for the doors, we put a "sample side" together (just a piece of plywood approx as long as the doors and we nailed on a piece of molding the way I said before... actually 5/16 overhang) so tomorrow I'll take it with me when I go to buy hinges. We don't want to put the doors together without seeing how the hinge connects to them.
Originally Posted by ghengis
I am seriously impressed with this build! I make all my own stands as well, being reasonably handy with a hammer and saw, so I can fully appreciate the effort and detail in this stand. First woodwork project you say?? Pretty good for a first effort!
A trick I learnt many moons ago, is to use wood dust (from the project being worked on) mixed with glue as wood filler. Easiest way to get a perfect colour match, every time.
Any pics of the tank destined for this stand??
Thank you so much for your comment I am really happy about it
And that sawdust idea sounds great, so on the nex project we will try out both (hoppycalif's dye and your sawdust) What kind of glue? regular woodglue? because it expands... or you just sand it down?
The tank is empty at the moment.
Originally Posted by Haagenize
I think she's tricking us all, she's a veteran expert craftswoman
I don't know much about making stands, but that looks pretty pro :P Feel free to make me one too when your done with this one
Haha, I wish
But this is seriously our first "together" project. I am a totally newbie to this but I definetly love it. Fortunatelly my husband has pretty good idea about putting things together, that helps a lot
Originally Posted by chagovatoloco
Nice job!!! though I do think some one here does wood work. Why else have those nice tools? I wish I would of built my last stank that well.
Again... no experience in woodworking. My husband's profession is moldmaker. And most of our tools are from his job.And they are for metal, not wood ...
That is the main reason for the fact that this project has already turned out at least twice as much $$$ as we had bought a new one
(we had to buy clamps, jigsaw, sander etc) We got the miter saw from his son-in-law and this is the first time we ever used it
But other than that... yeah, he has great tools.
We used a 1/32 bit for making pilot holes for the molding
He said it is not supposed to be used in a regular drill, only in very high speed... (above 2500RPM) We used precision measuring tools for the 2x4's... it was actually funny
Especially since we found out that the door openings are NOT EVEN...
But we'll figure out how to put the door frames together so it won't be noticable