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  1. So I am a basement shop dweller, not a bad set up given that it is a walk out basement and even has a small overhead door into the shop. I am finishing the rest of the basement space and nearly done with that project one of the remaining areas that needs addressed is the interior door to my shop. It currently has the standard hollow core raised panel door, even busted up a bit from previous owner, so it needs replaced. I want to do something more exciting then simply replacing it with another cheap raised panel door. One idea I had was to make it a 'hidden' door with a bookcase or such out in the finished portion of the basement. I am a bit worried about that style door and it getting used as regularly as the shop door does, anyone have experince with the durability of those hinges or systems? Another idea I had was an antique solid wood door, but I was shocked by the asking price the local salvage place wants for those (~$900 range). So I am shying away from that idea, for that price I will try to build my own! Any other unique door solutions out there? Thanks
  2. I like Benjamin Moore Advanced. It self levels great, and is pretty durable for cabinets. I used it on a bench for a 'breakfast nook' that is used mainly as the kid's art table and has held up to ~3 years of abuse very well given what they put it through!
  3. They look awesome. The through tennon/plug on top would scare me in using them though, I can see myself setting my water glass on that in the dark and it tipping over!
  4. I would vote windows. As other have said it keeps more wall/floor usable and light will be better then a door.
  5. What size/voltage of DC are you running? I just have a little 1.5 hp system and I am able to get by with a cheap remote I picked up at Menards. Been there a couple years and no issues.
  6. Thanks for the comments and compliments.
  7. I pinged the community here a couple times for input on this project so only proper to share the final results. I was given a partially complete grandfather clock from a neighbor because the previous own of their house had left it there unfinished due to the difficulties they were having with it. I debated on the right solutions to finish it off as well, but I think I ended up with a pretty good outcome (especially since I was originally thinking I might have to paint it!) For the clock mechanism I actually bought a pretty beat up clock and took the mechanism out. With a little (or a lot really) of modifications I was able to get this mechanism into the new clock case. I had to change the openings in back and front, plus create a sliding platform to allow access to the clock parts. In the end I am happy with the results, and it is ticking away nicely in the dinning room now.
  8. The Walrus Oil Furniture finish is a drying oil, they have other products that might be non-drying. That said I chickened out and just started applying good oil wipe on poly on the clock project. Will save the Walrus Oil for another project. Next project is some side tables for my family room, and nervous on it with 3 kids using and abusing these tables. Good thing would be that this finish should be easy to freshen up when needed. Thanks!
  9. danbell78

    Walrus Oil

    Haven't got much feedback from other sources yet, so I will try you guys in this forum. Does anyone have experience with Walrus Oil Furniture Finish? I bought some and want to try it but a bit scared to throw it on the grandfather clock I am finishing up. Specifically a bit nervous about putting it over an oil based stain. https://walrusoil.com/products/furniture-finish Thanks!
  10. I think that was the one I was looking for! Thanks
  11. Where do you all get hinges such? Need some hinges for a project, don't want to go all the way to Brusso, but the $3 hardware store ones scare me a bit too. I thought I had heard of a second to Brusso type source, but can't recall the name right now. Thanks
  12. Thanks for the feedback. I am leaning towards the oak if I can find a nice curly piece in my stash.
  13. I posted here a while back a grandfather clock that I inherited half done. I am hopeful at this point that I can salvage it and not paint it. Seem to be able to clean up the filler and replace with some better matching filler. Anyway now my thought is to use some kind of a complimenting wood for the back panel of the clock. What is everyone's favorite wood to compliment walnut? I have White Oak, Cherry and Maple at hand, but would be willing to get something else if it can be justified.
  14. Check out what David P. at Makesomething.com did with his workshop. He has carpet on the floor, seemed crazy to me, but he seems to like it
  15. I am strongly leaning towards going with paint as a salvage option here. I just keep finding more spots of filler and don't want to spend too much time on this and still be disappointed in the finish or quality of the piece.