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Old 12-05-2008, 06:47 AM   #41 (permalink)
 
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The doors are not very heavy just 1/2" plywood trim out with wood stock. I had to go cheap on the wood (why its painted to hide the imperfections) but I used the best I could get for the hardware. The hinges are heavy duty self-closing. Longer hinges would have looked better but the store didn't have any in stock and I wanted to get finished so I could move on to my next project.

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Your stand is awesome! I am so glad you were able to finish when I posted mine Congratulation to you! Great job.
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Old 12-19-2008, 07:48 PM   #42 (permalink)
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I am smitten by this project! I actually have it printed out and stacked neatly in my husband's chair for when he gets home tonight as a subtle hint. Great job, Maria!
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I am smitten by this project! I actually have it printed out and stacked neatly in my husband's chair for when he gets home tonight as a subtle hint. Great job, Maria!
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Very Good stand...
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Old 02-06-2009, 07:31 PM   #45 (permalink)
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Awesome job on your first woodworking project.
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Nice work.
Good photos.
The final pics were nice.
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Old 02-18-2009, 03:57 AM   #47 (permalink)
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I would add some drain holes, either in the top shelf or in the back edging, because spilled water does sometimes happen and it should not become trapped under the tank.
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heck, i had to register just to complement you on your stand. I have made a few stands, with my welder , tig and stainless steel,lol. I'm not much of a carpenter.Looks awesome!!
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I know I'm a couple years late on this thread but....... It looks good! woodworking isn't hard if you just take your time and have patience you can make some nice looking stuff. You guys did a nice job.

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Most wood should be finish sanded with 220 grit before staining. Getting all the dust off prior to staining isn't critical. Blow the piece with an air tip and the rest will come off while rubbing with the stain. You need to be careful wiping with a damp cloth because the water will raise the grain on most woods enough to cause "blotchy" staining, I personally prefer oil based stain for this very reason. 220 grit after a seal coat just to remove the roughness only, then I use a scotchbrite pad after a base coat then a finish coat. Another thing I do when I'm finished spraying the top coat is, I will fill the gun with lacquer thinner and spray a light coat over the piece a few times, this will help give you an almost glass-like finish, melt all overspray and clean the gun at the same time. Lowe's has a small gun perfect for furniture for about $40 and a small compressor will work just fine with it. Hope this will help some people, I know there is nothing worse than putting a lot of time and effort into something only to have the last step not turn out as nice as the rest.

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