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Windows 7: Project: The Ultimate Computer Desk

26 Jan 2011   #51
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Hey,

If you have a stain colour already in mind, I would try a filler with similar colour. After two coats of the stain I really do not think you will notice it.

Regards,
Golden


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26 Jan 2011   #52
linnemeyerhere

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

I would test the stain first on a scrap piece with a filler section. I agree that with a dark enough second coat it could hide but then again you hate to go through this much effort and not have the finish coat come out as good as possible. Another trick is to put stain in the sealer top coat as well to even things out and hide any flaws. Do two or three boards and try different techniques and then sit back and evaluate and then choose the best of the bunch.
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27 Jan 2011   #53
WartHog

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by linnemeyerhere View Post
I would test the stain first on a scrap piece with a filler section. I agree that with a dark enough second coat it could hide but then again you hate to go through this much effort and not have the finish coat come out as good as possible. Another trick is to put stain in the sealer top coat as well to even things out and hide any flaws. Do two or three boards and try different techniques and then sit back and evaluate and then choose the best of the bunch.
Good advice here.

Wow, this is an amazing project! I too am excited to see the progress and can't wait to see more updates.
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27 Jan 2011   #54
ultimatedesk

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit
 
 

Wow, thanks for all the great comments everyone, I really appreciate the encouragement and advice!

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ash30000 View Post
Hi
Looks like you have done a great job on those draws!
Keep up the great work.
Ashley
Thanks Ashley

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The designs look brilliant and I'm sure the finished result will be just as good, I'm looking very much forward to seeing a finished result! If only there was a place that actually did this profressionally, I'm sure it'll attract some attention.
Thanks beagrie07 It's interesting that this kind of product isn't really readily available isn't it? ATX has been a standard for long enough that you'd think SOMEONE would have been able to make something like this available commercially...

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I see a nice little internet business here Great work well done!!
Thanks Anthony - wouldn't that be something? I'd love to quit the day desk job and just work in the wood shop all day! The main hindrance, if I'm not mistaken, is the shipping cost. You know this beast is going to weigh over 200 pounds, right?

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This is coming along nicely. Well done to date.
I am looking forward to the finished product.
Thanks jebuchanan

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by crazyeyeschase View Post
Looks amazing I wish I had the tools at hand to do all of this.

I might be too late but another tip would be to find a really small drill bit and drill your hole before using the nail gun that would help with the cracks and having to redo a lot of work but it does work best wth a hammer and nail tap.

Stain uggh humm idk I'm not to experienced with that I think if you are using small enough trim nails and you might not even need the filler I would just stain without it but whatever works best for you. Stain the drawers first if you donít like them with the filler then when you put the exterior showing parts of the desk donít use filler I guess.
Mm yes, pre-drilling the ends before the nail gun probably would have worked, but in the end, I did only crack maybe 2-3 ends, which wasn't that big a deal overall.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Golden View Post
Hey,

If you have a stain colour already in mind, I would try a filler with similar colour. After two coats of the stain I really do not think you will notice it.

Regards,
Golden
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by linnemeyerhere View Post
I would test the stain first on a scrap piece with a filler section. I agree that with a dark enough second coat it could hide but then again you hate to go through this much effort and not have the finish coat come out as good as possible. Another trick is to put stain in the sealer top coat as well to even things out and hide any flaws. Do two or three boards and try different techniques and then sit back and evaluate and then choose the best of the bunch.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by WartHog View Post

Good advice here.

Wow, this is an amazing project! I too am excited to see the progress and can't wait to see more updates.
WartHog, linnemeyernere, Golden, crazyeyeschase, thanks first off for your encouragement, and also for your suggestions with regards to staining with wood fillter.

I have been working with about a dozen test pieces in the past few weeks trying different stains and techniques to get the colour I am looking for - however - looks like I forgot to test the wood filler at the same time. I figure, once I find the colour I want, I will purchase several different colours of wood filler and do some testing to see what comes out best after the stain.

Thanks again

I'll have a real update in the next few days - I've been swamped at work and have been too tired to do much work on the desk besides my stain testing!
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27 Jan 2011   #55
linnemeyerhere

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

Filler excepts stain at a different rate then the wood will. Normally it's slower, so I would carefully drop stain on the fill marks and allow to sit for 1-3 and 5 minute tests and then stain the rest of the board twice applying and taking off as needed for an even coat then steel wool and add a little stain to your finish coats or first finish coat rubbing with dbl. OO wool or finer in between final clear coats
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27 Jan 2011   #56
crazyeyeschase

Windows 7 OEM Home Pre. x64
 
 

Before you stain make sure you sand everything and go over it with a damp rag after that.

Sanding closes the pores of the wood and when you wet the wood down with water it opens those pores back then when you sand the pores take in more stain giving it a better look.
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31 Jan 2011   #57
ultimatedesk

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit
 
 
Sponsor! Crucial!

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by linnemeyerhere View Post
Filler excepts stain at a different rate then the wood will. Normally it's slower, so I would carefully drop stain on the fill marks and allow to sit for 1-3 and 5 minute tests and then stain the rest of the board twice applying and taking off as needed for an even coat then steel wool and add a little stain to your finish coats or first finish coat rubbing with dbl. OO wool or finer in between final clear coats
Thanks for the tips linnemeyerhere

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by crazyeyeschase View Post
Before you stain make sure you sand everything and go over it with a damp rag after that.

Sanding closes the pores of the wood and when you wet the wood down with water it opens those pores back then when you sand the pores take in more stain giving it a better look.
Thanks crazyeyeschase, always appreciate the advice

Received a nice package in the mail a couple weeks ago that I've been meaning to show off...



What could it be?



Woohoo!

That's:
4 x 2 GB of 1600Mhz CL7 Ballistix RAM from Crucial and
2 x 2 GB of 1333Mhz ECC, Registered RDIMM RAM from Crucial!

So it looks like for the main system I will have some options. Currently I'm thinking either a socket 1156 Core i5/i7 or a newer Sandy Bridge socket 1155. The only issue that may occur with the Sandy Bridge is that those Crucial Ballistix are rated for 1.65 Volts, which I understand is a bit over the recommended voltage for RAM for the 1155 boards. There is a possibility of looking at an AMD AM3 system as well with a Phenom x4 or x6 - I have not made up my mind entirely yet.

For the server system, I am almost definetely going with a Xeon processor - which motherboard is still in the air.

Aren't they so nice?





[Can't wait to open them up and test them out! It'll have to wait for now, however.

So here's a distraction - my cat! She's going to have some kittens soon!



A big thanks go out to Crucial, who are officially the first sponsor for The Ultimate Computer Desk

Stay tuned, lots of updates in the pipeline!
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31 Jan 2011   #58
mickey megabyte

ultimate 64 sp1
 
 

nice cat

shame about the advertising
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01 Feb 2011   #59
brayway

Windows 7 Professional X64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mickey megabyte View Post
nice cat

shame about the advertising
Shame? how, he got a sponsor!! congratz!!
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01 Feb 2011   #60
z3r010

 

Because it's against the forums rules - Sponsor stuff removed.
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