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Old 09-19-2012, 02:50 PM   #11
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I'd consider using a thicker plywood for the bar front. 1/2" at the very least, 3/4" being ideal. If someone bumped into or accidentally kicked 1/4" ply it may bow and/or make a thud that will sound hollow or cheap. If you want this to last and be a quality piece of furniture I'd use a heavier grade plywood for quality.
I would second this. I would also look for some wood conditioner for the plywood. This helps to ensure that the stain will be absorbed evenly across the face, and not blotch up on you. Plywood is only as good as you want to spend. B/C that you'll find at the big box places can be pretty uneven at times.
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Old 09-19-2012, 07:30 PM   #12
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this looks like a great build, good design work so far!

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Old 09-20-2012, 04:59 PM   #13
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+1 on a good application of stain conditioner and picking out good wood.

i spent a few hours going through every piece of pine board and plywood they had.

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Old 09-20-2012, 05:15 PM   #14
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+1 on a good application of stain conditioner and picking out good wood.

i spent a few hours going through every piece of pine board and plywood they had.
I think the wood department guys hate me at my local Lowes/Home Depot. I tear apart piles looking for the best/truest boards with the nicest grain I can find. I had a pallet of 1/8" birch plywood half unstacked looking for 2 matching pieces for a cabinet I was building...
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Old 09-30-2012, 06:29 PM   #15
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So I decided to use some 1/2" ply that comes from Hungary. The guy from my local lumber yard said its is a European type of birch. It was only $22/sheet and had a fairly nice grain. I bought some Cabot stain and went to town. 2 coats of stain and 2 coats of poly and this is what the results were...

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Old 09-30-2012, 06:34 PM   #16
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Here is what it looks like with the panels on...

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Old 12-16-2012, 01:52 AM   #17
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Prepare for your mind to be blown!!

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Old 12-16-2012, 02:08 AM   #18
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If you did what I think you did, Sketchy as hell! lookin' good though.

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Old 12-16-2012, 03:08 AM   #19
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How many passes did that take?

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Old 12-16-2012, 03:52 AM   #20
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Nice picture. I have the "Golden Bell" Hole #12 up in my living room.

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