I tested the 10 and 20 on scrap. I need to go double check but I think the 20 is more than 1/8" from the outside face. I thought about the liner but do do not think it is needed. The tortoise environment is pretty dry outside of some daily misting and that gets more on the walls that the bottom. The bottom will have 6" of a dry cypress mulch (I think it is cypress). I think I will seal it with waterlox. I like the idea of the dry biscuit. What size screws should I go with? Also, on the sides, what spacing should I go with if I do 20s? thanks again. Mike
I just follow the directions on the can. Make test panels from stage scraps. Sand and prep them same as the project. Take careful notes on the back. Most stains are supposed to be wiped back, not left on overnight to dry. Read the directions. Over sanding to too high of a grit will result in lighter stain absorption . Careful sanding to maybe 120 or 150 may give darker results.
Not having much luck with pics but I have my busness on facebook because its free but Im not shore if its ok to post that so i will tell you that my name is Mark Mathews from Readfield Maine ..I just build cabinets and dont have the talent as alot of you...I build simple cabinets with ply boxes with dados and rabbits frunt and back to except back and face frame..Rased and flat pannel doors and dove tale joints....I do nice work but have no Idea how to do alot of things that you guys can and I wish sometimes I did not this for a living because it would be a lot of fun to take your time doing anything you want and not worry about money.Thanks Mark
#20 should work. Cut a slot in a scrap the cut the slot in half. If the thinnest point is about an 1/8 you are fine. There is a depth adjustment and most machines actually cut a bit too deep. When there is only a tiny extra space the biscut needs to be centered carefully . # 10 should be strong enough if the #20 is too close. i would glue the joints in the sides and dry biscuit the bottom for alignment. Then put screws between the biscuits to attach it. are you still planning on a plastic liner of some sort ?
It was amazing how much material we had to reject, then sort the range of color and percentage of remaining paint. I put the most paint near the top as if it was under the eaves. Least paint at the bottom where sun ,rain and mud splashing up should have weathered it the most. Had to flatten the backs yet keep a varied thickness to avoid looking to perfect. Tried to not have too many nail holes in one cluster. Rustic isn't as easy as it looks !