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Old 06-28-2011, 10:47 AM   #41
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I hope side panels look better after putting on the polyurethane. They are ugly as sin with just the stain on them.
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Old 06-28-2011, 11:41 AM   #42
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All it's gonna do is make it shine and give it a wet look what is the color again and type of plywood?
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I can't remember and I'm at work so I can't look but you can see the panels stained and unstained in the photos.
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Old 06-28-2011, 08:57 PM   #44
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I am a sanding FOOL

I finally gave up hand sanding this thing and went and bought a B&D finish sander (1/4 sheet). It was only $25, thank goodness I did, I would have been sanding the rest of my life.

Taking a break and then putting on the final coat for the top. I hope.
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Okay after sanding down the top and reapplying the poly it think it is going to be beautiful. I used a wider brush this time to get it covered faster. I also just put the first coat of poly on one of the side panels. I think they are going to look okay. They won't be as nice as the birch for the top but oh well, they will do.
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Couple of new pics are up.
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Looking good live and learn lol
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I am a sanding FOOL

I finally gave up hand sanding this thing and went and bought a B&D finish sander (1/4 sheet). It was only $25, thank goodness I did, I would have been sanding the rest of my life.
Smart idea - I spent forever on the first major piece of furniture I made trying to sand by hand as I really wanted a nice finish, and I ended up purchasing a little Black & Decker sander too (and have since added a belt sander to my workshop) as it makes life so much easier

Looking good now!
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The 11/32 side ply that I bought is called Arauco Ply. I read a little about on the net and apparently most pros don't consider it good enough for furniture, partly because it is rough and tends to warp. My sheets seem to be doing well but you never know. The roughness isn't an issue for me as I'm not expecting perfection and I'm sanding and using poly.

Well if it warps badly or something it will be fairly easy to replace with something better. It has huge growth rings, must grow like crazy. I'm thinking I may need to apply poly to both sides now though to keep the water out.

I've also decided to (and have) stained the inside sides just to make the cabinet look a bit better when opened.

It is made of Radiata Pine, apparently.
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Yes you are right but I find it a great quality plywood I have built cabinets with it before painted not stained but it never warped on me I used them in kitchens before and will again in the future but all plywood will warp if left in a full sheet but if it is applied to a cabinet it will not warp
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