Previous to the conversion gun I was using a cheapo Rockler turbine which really DID give me orange peel. The thought of having to sand that out had me skittish on laying a heavier coat.
Now to the rest of the table...
I've been meaning to ask you guys about the sharpening stone I have... I have really just started getting my feet wet with hand tools, so I don't know much about it. It has 2 sides labeled "8000" and "4000" and says "made in japan" as you can see below, but there is nothing else written on it.
I got this from a guy on craigslist when buying a few hand planes from him...99% of his other stuff had been bought at rockler, so I'm guessing this was from there as well.
My question is, should I be worried about whether it's meant to be used with water or oil? Or can I just use either one? How do I know if it needs to be soaked ahead of time, and for how long?
Sorry for the noob question. But doing an internet search is yielding more info than I can consume all in one sitting, so I thought I'd ask you guys...thanks.
A little more progress....spot primed a little and added the first coat of paint. It's 'antique white' from GF.
Maybe it's just me, but I'm really liking the painted frames with clearcoated panels. Helps it look less like it's just a painted cabinet. 99% of it won't be visible without sticking your head fully into the cabinet anyway though, lol.
Installed the undermount soft close drawer slides
Then I started making the drawer boxes...I decided to go the simple route and just use rabbets for the joinery and make them out of pre-finished 1/2" birch ply. Sure they're not fancy, but I realized I would never finish this thing if I tried to learn too many things all in this one project.
They came out pretty nice, at least for what they are. Will certainly work for holding extra silverware and what not...
I'm going to do another coat of paint on the outside and one of GF topcoat. I'll probably make the top next, then come back to do the drawer faces and cabinet doors.
Thank you all, I really do appreciate the suggestions and experienced you offer.
I have no photos only an idea that a darkened grain (not filled) would show the mahogany wood for what it really is.
I am sourcing test samples and will let you know how it goes.