Wesley said that twice before when he moved an electrical panel and he went to turn the power on it didn't work... and both times it wasn't his fault... there was a power outage on the island! What are the odds? I fully expected that it would happen again... after all it was raining and stormy all afternoon... and you know how things happen in three's?
But you know me... I thought I could do it cheaper. So I ordered the doors for the cabinet, bought a couple sheets of nice 3/4" maple plywood and some 3/4" ivory Melamine. I then proceeded to cut out the pieces and stain them. I had basically everything done and the next day after Shirley was back from Victoria I started to put the Watco Danish Oil on to the stained maple... we stained them the same colour as our kitchen cabinets. Yikes! I got a rapid rude education in woodwork finishing.
As you can see from the photo above, I was mystified by the strange circles and blotches that developed as I applied the Danish Oil. I was just sick. The more I rubbed the worse it got. The Danish oil that Shirley went to town for wasn't working for us... so she Googled it up to learn why we had the problem and she soon had the answer. Since the stain was also oil base they cannot be used together. Why didn't I think of that?
Before I just used 80 and 120 grit paper since that was the belts I had for my electric sander. But I had some 150 and 250 sheets in my sand paper drawer... which meant some serious hand rubbing. I found I was spending up to an hour to polish a board now. But when I had the first one done we tested the stain... and it came out absolutely wonderful!
So I spent ALL day Friday sanding and redoing ALL the boards with ALL four sandpapers. We had to also take off the "iron-on" maple edging and re-apply new edging to all the plywood, since the oil had also affected that part as well, and it was too thin to handle much more sanding. So, as I am writing this tonight, all the boards have been repaired, sanded and stained and will sit over the weekend drying... getting ready for lacquer. Am I crazy?
Sunday I will take some sheets of plywood and block off a corner of our new studio to make a paint spray booth. I bought a new Wagner paint sprayer from Home Depot. We want to pre-finish the cedar shingles for the siding on the addition as well... and I hope to be able to hang up the boards and end gables for the cabinet and lacquer them too. Wish me well. These boards cannot afford another sanding! The maple skin on this plywood is already too thin in places!
"When you come to the end of your rope, just tie a knot and hang on."
I sent this quote to Shirley on a card in 1965 while she was in hospital for several months... after being in a car accident in Calgary.