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Achy Breaky DVD Rack - Salvador Dali in a lawn chair.
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Achy Breaky DVD Rack
I don't know if it was the pre-conditioner or the fact that I used gel stain, but the Brazilian rosewood stain I applied to the DVD rack didn't take. Even Jimmy went behind me and did another coat. It looks wretched.

And I have a frustrated feeling of wasting time and money on this never-ending project. A couple weekends ago, I had to re-putty it because Jimmy's bending some of the nails back caused the original putty to crack.

I was so close to being finished and now I'm either going to have to sand it down and restain (luckily I only did one side and I don't have to sand the whole thing again!) or paint it. All of which means I have to go buy another pack of sandpaper and new stain/paint. It never ends!

But if I knew I was going to be painting it, I'd have saved myself A LOT of trouble and made the damn thing out of MDF and never had to worry about all the blasted sanding.

I've also remembered how much of a perfectionist I am, whether it's writing or working or building or drawing or doing chores. In addition to my problem of getting distracted, it also takes me twice as long because of my urge to make it perfect. I've overcome it in some areas (especially the chores bit, because otherwise they'd never get done, and casual posting in livejournal), but it's still there especially in sewing and new projects I'd never tried before like this DVD rack.

At least I've been physically active every day for the last three days. I worked a lot this weekend, even though it seems like most of the work was wasted since I have to redo it. I'm achy all over, back and arms and shoulders and thighs. But it's a nice feeling.

mood: lots to accomplish
music: Heather Nova - Walk This World

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From: navydave Date: November 15th, 2004 10:58 am (UTC) (link)
Did it go blotchy everywhere, or just where you had putty?
Did you wipe it down really well to remove all the dust before you stained? If so, could it have still been damp in places when you stained?
I'm just trying to figure out why it would have done that... aside from the gel stain factor... I just don't trust that stuff to begin with. :)

I haven't tried to stain mine at all yet.
lost_angel From: lost_angel Date: November 15th, 2004 12:42 pm (UTC) (link)
This is what I did:

I finished sanding then wiped the whole thing down with mineral spirits (I'm not using a water-based stain). I waited a few minutes then did a pre-conditioner (I was following the directions that were in the "how to stain" pamphlet) that I put on and wiped off (following the directions). You then can stain within two hours of applying the pre-conditioner.

It wasn't blotchy at all. The color was fairly consistant all over, it just didn't take deeply enough and the grain of the wood is bright. You'll just have to see it. I'm going to call you when your class is over.
From: navydave Date: November 15th, 2004 02:05 pm (UTC) (link)


I don't have my phone on me; and I'm at Carrier right now. I'll be on campus until about 5.
Then I'll probably head over there.
yermie From: yermie Date: November 15th, 2004 08:00 pm (UTC) (link)
If you decide to re-stain it, try a few things:

1: Leave the stain on longer. Don't rub it off as quickly. This way it has more time to penetrate the wood.

2: Rub with the grain. Doing so pushes more stain into the striations in the wood, making the grain lines much more prominent.

3: Thin your stain a little. Mix a little of your mineral spirits with your stain, That way it's not as "gel-ly" and can penetrate better. If you do so, make sure you leave it on longer, so it will penetrate... being thinner you'll need more stain in the grooves to have it show up.

Or go buy some liquid stain...

Hope it comes out nice...

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