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2015-01-05 23:49:10 Post No. 751452
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I'm trying to make myself one of these boards.
What I've done so far is I've taken a cheap board that I already had from when I was a kid which was pretty much just a thin sheet of what seems like bamboo with the grid drawn on it and some little knobs underneath it as legs.
I used that as the top since I already had it, and I grabbed an 8ft piece of cheap 1x4 and a sheet of plywood and made a box out of that like in the picture, than I grabbed some pre-made legs that I found and glued it all together.
I didn't do the best job putting it together. It's solid, but the corners weren't perfectly sealed, and it didn't look like one solid piece like I was hoping for. So I slathered it with a shit load of Elmer's wood filler and sanded it all down.
Now it was flat, but part gray around the corners, and part bright brown on the sides with a slightly darker brown top and bottom with brighter legs. So I mixed up some paint to match the color of the original cheap board as much as possible. This covered the grey and it all looked pretty good, except the wood was starting to look a little plastic-like.
I stained it all with a shitty 1 step stain and polyurethane which I should've thought more about before buying. Once it dried it looked way too shiny, and was still very sticky, so I sanded it down and got some good stain and some matte polyurethane.
I had a little trouble removing all of that first glossy coat, but I figure the matte polyurethane can cover it up. I stained it and the polyurethane is drying right now. I'm about add a second coat and will post a picture of it momentarily.
Here's the problem though, the color is great, and it's not as plastic-like as before, but the paint has almost completely hidden the grain of the wood, and it just doesn't look as nice as I think it could be.
But even if I sanded it back down to bare wood, the original wood colors can't be covered by the stain unless I get a much darker stain which I really don't want.