2016-03-27 (Su) Drip Coffee Maker

1/4-20 bolts were inserted in the top platform so it would be elevated after applying the polycarbonate. Since there were no bolt sockets in the bottom platform small cones were made from some PSA (Pressure Sensitive Adhesive) labels. These cones were meant to take the place of painter's triangles which are commonly used to elevate items after they are painted so the paint can dry on both sides at once.

Elevation methods for each platform

A thick layer of polyurethane was applied to each board while wearing gloves. Since this item will be used with food the goal was to apply two coats of protective polyurethane. Even though the wooden parts will not make contact with food it seemed like a good choice. The thick layers should also ensure a good looking finish for a long time.

Single layer of polyurethane

A bristle brush was used to apply the polyurethane. In fact, a chip brush which are used as disposable brushes. The coarse bristles left small bubbles and an uneven finish. A sponge brush would probably be a better choice. Yesterday a foam brush was used to apply stain and a bristle brush may have been a better choice, today the opposite is true. Perhaps higher quality brushes are the answer. In any case, the polyurethane will be allowed to dry before it is sanded and a second layer is applied. A foam brush and a bristle brush will both be available for the next layer.

To do:
  • Buy bristle brush and foam brush
  • Apply second coat of polyurethane
  • Buy hexagon mirror
  • Assemble
  • Gift wrap

The rest of the posts for this project have been arranged by date.

First time here?

Completed projects from year 1.
Completed projects from year 2

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