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About erikreagan

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    Simple furniture, utility needs around the house and office.

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  1. Thanks! My wife wouldn't claim the word professional, but I think she's pretty dang talented.
  2. @ghost Thanks!
  3. Painting began today and I had some help.
  4. I added a simple brace system to the bottom today in hopes that the legs have a little more encouragement to not budge over time.
  5. Thanks again for all of the feedback and suggestions. This arrived today and I'm looking forward to trying it out!
  6. @mat60 Outside dimensions are 43" x 31" ish
  7. What would the top coat be in this case?
  8. I didn't have any time last weekend to work on the project. And this weekend was short on time as well. But, I was able to finish the legs up and get them joined to the top! Next up is to cut and join a small bracing system underneath. Then on to painting! This just might get finished next week.
  9. Ah, yes. By "randomly" I just meant the wood I applied the products to was just me experimenting around. I probably applied 4 or 5 different staines to 2 or 3 types of woods with a few different approaches. They were mostly oil based, but one was water based. In terms of what I liked and didn't like, I liked just about everything I tried actually. Pine seemed the trickiest to get an even stain applied to. But everything else seemed pretty straight forward. Thanks for your suggestions as well! I'll check this book out. Thanks! All good to know. Thanks for this. Sounds like I really need to give this stuff a spin. I look forward to trying it out. Oh, awesome. Can't wait to watch this! Thanks again everyone. This is a huge help.
  10. Just read all the replies. So helpful! Thanks everyone. Tonight when I have some time I'll go back and answer some of the follow up questions that were posed. Thanks!
  11. Hey folks, I have a really limited understanding of finishing options to choose from. My experience thus far includes painting some wood for random projects a few years ago, and more recently just grabbing some minwax products at the home store and trying them out randomly. For today I'm specifically thinking about how I could finish a simple laptop stand made from some scraps I have. Some birch plys and a strip of curly makore. I don't want to stain the wood in this case. I just want to let the wood be itself if that makes any sense. But with that, I'm not sure what to do. Any suggestions or pointers for this uber beginner? Thanks so much!
  12. Oh, I haven't really looking into add-ons. Where do you suggest I read up more about what's out there?
  13. @trialbyfire good eye. It's 1 3/4". I think what I might do is use glue as an initial adhesion but add some overlapping braces in each direction that attach at the inside of each leg. Maybe that can help prevent the lateral movement. @wtnhighlander good point. I'll think about that as well. Thanks. I finished sanding and cleaning the top today. I won't have time to start the legs until next weekend at the soonest, so I figured I'd let the kids start playing on it. After all, my son has asked if I'm done multiple times a day since I started.
  14. I'm wondering if I need to re-think the legs. This is what I marked up in SketchUp but I'm not sure how I'd join the legs to the bottom here. Any suggestions or pointers? Thanks in advance.
  15. @ghost ah no worries. good lookin out