The Big Think

May 14, 2007

Studio Construction

Filed under: Studio Construction — jasony @ 11:52 am

The equipment cabinet is built! I’m finishing the lyptus with Tried and True Varnish Oil. It’s a great product that creates a beautiful surface. The grain of they lyptus positively pops out and there’s no thick film between the user and the wood like there is with polyurethane. It’s not as durable as poly but the T&T can be reapplied easily. Best of all, it’s completely non-toxic (you can apply it with your fingers) and a little goes a long way. I found a pint for $18 and thought WOW, that’s expensive. But based on the advice of a friend I bought some a few years ago. I have now put multiple coats on several pieces of furniture and still have about 1/4 of the quart left.

Unfortunately, you have to let the stuff dry for a long time. Like, a LONG time. In high humidity (is there anything else in Texas?) the first coat can take a week to dry. I’m going to give this a few hours and then move it up to my studio so I can start the rewire. It’s so easy to apply and so thick- more like putting on face cream than oil- that I can reapply it any time with little risk to the electronics. And if I get it out of the shop I can keep making dust while I build the desk boxes and desk top.

I wasn’t 100% sure of the lyptus/oil combination, but lyptus was about a quarter the price of cherry and has the same tight grain and similar color. It’s heavier, too. I have to say that after seeing the Tried and True on the lyptus I’m really happy. It’s exactly the color/grain that I had in mind. The cabinet looks beautiful- even better than a store-bought plastic trimmed cabinet. I can’t wait to show it off.

*UPDATE* Thanks to my neighbor James the cabinet is now in the studio. Thanks, James! Let the rewiring begin.

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