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Offline RNEMTP

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First project with the Domino DF 500
« on: April 08, 2017, 04:30 PM »
This is the first project I have done using the Domino. There are approximately 70 or so Dominos in this. I used a combination of Dominos, nails, staples and pocket screws as well. This is a coffee bar that my wife found on Pinterest. I didn't use the plans, just went off of the picture. Several things I changed from the original. The first being that it was designed to be made with all pocket screws. I used a few pocket screws just as clamps during assembly. Also the plans had it mostly made out of plywood and 1x pine. I chose to make it all out of cedar. Looking for advice on a finish for it. Wife likes the color so no stain.

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Offline Edward A Reno III

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Re: First project with the Domino DF 500
« Reply #1 on: April 09, 2017, 07:30 AM »
Congratulations.  I use Osmo Polyx oil whenever I need a clear finish -- easy to apply and durable.  I've never tried it on cedar, though. 
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Offline Vondawg

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Re: First project with the Domino DF 500
« Reply #2 on: April 09, 2017, 08:34 AM »
You can do some test samples on scraps to show her...oil base product will darken the cedar I'd stay with water base...
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Offline RNEMTP

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Re: First project with the Domino DF 500
« Reply #3 on: April 09, 2017, 10:49 AM »
Congratulations.  I use Osmo Polyx oil whenever I need a clear finish -- easy to apply and durable.  I've never tried it on cedar, though. 
You can do some test samples on scraps to show her...oil base product will darken the cedar I'd stay with water base...

Thank you both for the ideas. I will check them out on some scrap. I know cedar will get darker with age and exposure to sunlight. That’s just the nature of the wood. For that reason alone I usually like working with cherry. She just wanted this to look rustic and as unfinished as possible. She even mentioned distressing it. I can’t bring myself to intentionally put dents in it. I did however not get as meticulous about getting rid of and dents, cracks, or nail holes that I would normally. The finish will only serve to protect it from spills. I’m sure that cedar would soak up a coffee stain.

Offline duburban

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Re: First project with the Domino DF 500
« Reply #4 on: April 09, 2017, 11:07 AM »
what is the panel material!?

i'm really excited about how modern the panel (screen?) material is with the classical construction style. the idea of using something like screen, breathable, deliciously transparent, is really exciting! thank you!
helper: i used a festool "circular saw" to do something simple and it made it really hard

me: exactly, it makes simple cuts complicated and complicated cuts simple

Offline RNEMTP

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Re: First project with the Domino DF 500
« Reply #5 on: April 09, 2017, 11:50 AM »
what is the panel material!?

i'm really excited about how modern the panel (screen?) material is with the classical construction style. the idea of using something like screen, breathable, deliciously transparent, is really exciting! thank you!

It’s called wire mesh or cloth. Wire Mesh

Offline duburban

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Re: First project with the Domino DF 500
« Reply #6 on: April 09, 2017, 11:59 AM »
assumed so, yeah i love it.

i could see doing 2-3 layers and maybe accelerating some rust!
helper: i used a festool "circular saw" to do something simple and it made it really hard

me: exactly, it makes simple cuts complicated and complicated cuts simple

Offline #Tee

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Re: First project with the Domino DF 500
« Reply #7 on: April 09, 2017, 12:18 PM »
very nice! so how was your first experience with the 500?
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Offline RNEMTP

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Re: First project with the Domino DF 500
« Reply #8 on: April 10, 2017, 12:10 PM »
very nice! so how was your first experience with the 500?
There is a small learning curve. The suggestions from the members here were invaluable. I would suggest to anyone else just taking the plunge, that they take the time to calibrate the tool really well and also practice making several joints before going right into a project. I really like the accuracy and ease at which it makes joints. It will forever change the way I build projects.

Offline eddomak

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Re: First project with the Domino DF 500
« Reply #9 on: April 10, 2017, 10:27 PM »
Hi - it's great to see the results of your questions an planning from the other threads materialise.  [smile] That's a great job there.

I am also a big fan of Osmo PolyX and have used it on 90% of my projects. To apply, I have used the white scotch-brite style pads. Scrub it in to the wood, use a cotton cloth to remove excess, wait for it to dry, and then repeat. Fast and fume free, and even I can't get it wrong (I don't do much finishing).

The original version leaves a slightly yellower finish, but I have tried a sample of the PolyX Oil Raw Effect (3044) for my coming baltic birch plywood project and it hardly changes the colour at all (leaving the birch a lot closer to the original white).

My supplier was able to send me some sample sachets of the different finishes to try out first.



Offline grbmds

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Re: First project with the Domino DF 500
« Reply #10 on: April 10, 2017, 11:20 PM »
very nice! so how was your first experience with the 500?
There is a small learning curve. The suggestions from the members here were invaluable. I would suggest to anyone else just taking the plunge, that they take the time to calibrate the tool really well and also practice making several joints before going right into a project. I really like the accuracy and ease at which it makes joints. It will forever change the way I build projects.

Smart advice. I have found that, with any tool, taking some time up front to read the manual on use and some practice makes a big difference in the first project. It appears that is very true with you. Great cabinet! I have found the Domino to be my favorite tool of all time (might be a couple others) as it allows us to do work we might not otherwise do. My results have always been much better than I believe they would have been without it. It's just easy to use and very accurate when used as intended.
Randy

Offline eddomak

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Re: First project with the Domino DF 500
« Reply #11 on: April 11, 2017, 01:38 AM »
My 10 year old daughter saw me using the DF500 whilst making cabinets for her room and asked "What does that do?". I told her it made these special holes for the dominoes to join wood together. She said "It's a hole punch?"  [big grin]. Hah hah, I think that's an adpt description.