Well as many of you have witnessed it is damn hot. Sooooo progress has
seemed to go slow on this job.
Anyway a picture of the bed base with the 9 drawers.
I was once again not happy with the initial stain, I am not a fan of
General Finishes Gel stains and or gel varnish. Their Gel stains have a
finish built in therefore when you reapply over an area that was just
stained in the last few minutes the new stain removes the stain applied
at the beginning of the task. Normally not a problem to avoid this but
if you go in a circle around a face frame you end up where you started
and that is the problem area. Anyway I also got tired of dealing with
short rail and stiles when sanding. My small Festool orbital sander is
a great sander when sanding with the grain but that becomes a chore
where rails and stiles meet. The picture shows the face of the frame
that I sanded down with the new sander.
And a picture of the face frame with the newly sanded and restained
face. Also the raised panel style drawer fronts. The new sander made
sanding the bevels on the ends a quick easy task.
I began the head and foot boards a couple of days ago and will provide
pictures at various stages.
And finally, before resanding I bought a new Festool sander,
ETS EC 125/3 EQ. Quite a finish sander that is a ROS too as opposed to
my rectangle pad Festool orbital finish sander. Very smooth, you can
actually start the sander while it sits on the work and there is no ROS
walk or resistance when you run into grain variations. Quiet, powerful,
well balanced, easy to hold for vertical sanding,and little vibration.
Transitioning from rails to stiles and visa versa the scratch pattern is
much less noticeable now, when using stain.
As a side note, I think that the biggest problem I was having was only
sanding to 150 grit as instructed by the label on the GF can.. Always
in the past I sanded to 180 and never had issue with orbital sanders
using Lawrence McFadden and or Bartelys gel stains. But then those were
much better quality stains. Perhaps I should give Old Masters gel
stains a try, I love their gel varnish especially now that I have been
practicing what their label suggests, wiping down twice immediately with
separate rags/towels quickly after applying the finish. ;~)
And totally OT but interesting, a video of the guy that trolls here.
I pretty much thought this was going on. ;~)