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    Built-Ins Finished

    I just finished some built-ins for our den. My wife is the true "finisher", and she wanted them white so she sprayed General Finishes snow white milk paint with a fuji 3 turbine and then finished with a few coats of General Finishes high performance topcoat. That was her first try at spraying, and after a quick learning curve, she loved it. She did a great job. There were a lot of firsts for me in this job. I had never truly milled lumber before. I had always used s4s from big box stores. I edge banded some shelving for the first time in the cabinets and on the 'above the cabinet' shelves as well. It was also my first go at cope and stick raised panel doors and end panels, which "required" me to buy some parallel clamps. I used hard maple for the face frame, rails, and stiles. MDF for the raised panels. I probably should have used poplar, but I had never worked with maple so I gave it a whirl. It painted very well. I built a large drawer for filing out of some leftover walnut and maple. I had to do a panel glue up to get the size I needed for the drawer height which was also a first. The pic is the unfinished drawer. My wife is pleased, so I am too. As you experienced folks already know, I see all my little errors when I look at it!! I got some reveals around the doors a little off. The crown was my worst crown job I've done. And I didn't like how the tops of the cabinet came together...too much of a seam when I banded the edge of the plywood top with a rounded over piece of maple. Learned a ton though!! Off to the next project. Oh...and I installed a power grommet on each side that has two outlets and 2 usb ports. It wasn't in the original plan, but I came across them on amazon when searching for regular grommets. Scribing to the brick wall was awful! I'm glad there is caulk. How do you all do it?

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    Re: Built-Ins Finished

    Looks very very good Lee, nice work! You would never know it was a project so full of firsts
    "Remember - If the women don't find ya handsome, they should at least find ya handy!" - Red Green
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    Re: Built-Ins Finished

    Congratulations. It looks amazing. I am sure you will enjoy the memory of the project as long as you own the house.
    Nice Work.

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    Re: Built-Ins Finished

    Thanks Chris and Bruce. I had several re-do's but it was fun learning new techniques. Good point with the memory of the build. I enjoy working with my wife, and we only argued once!

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    Re: Built-Ins Finished

    Nicely done Lee, and the little imperfections won't be noticed by anyone else. I like the locked rabbets on the drawer. BTW, where is the drawer going to go?

    How do you folks like the finish and feel of the sprayed milk paint and topcoat?

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    Re: Built-Ins Finished

    Very nice Lee, you two make a great team!
    Measure twice... cut once... SCREAM LOUDLY... get another board

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    Re: Built-Ins Finished

    Thanks Jeff. I'll try to get a pic of the file drawer, but it went on the bottom of the built-in cabinet to the left of the fireplace. I saw an idea online where the file rails were just cheap 1/8 x 3/4 aluminum bars set in routed notches. It worked well.

    We really like the GF milk paint. We ended up thinning by 5 to 10%, and it went on very smooth even without the topcoat. It's naturally closer to flat/satin and self sealing. GF states that no topcoat is technically needed. They even say it can be used outdoors. However, GF does advise a topcoat for high-use pieces like table tops and kitchen cabinets. I doubt these will be high use, but my wife wanted more of a semi gloss finish which the topcoat provided. It was good practice if we ever do our kitchen cabinets.

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    Re: Built-Ins Finished

    Thanks Jim. My wife can attest to me fulfilling your signature line a few times.

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    Re: Built-Ins Finished

    Here is the file drawer in use
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    Re: Built-Ins Finished

    they look great, and to me, like they fit the room perfectly. I like it when you're all done, and the work you did looks like it has been (or should have) there all along. Great job.

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