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Old 12-22-2012, 12:20 PM   #51
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I have had good luck with Minwax brand available at most lowes and home depot. Look into the wood conditioner. That goes on first and really helps with new wood to take the stain evenly. Stain is pretty easy after that. Just wipe in the direction of the grain and remember to gently stir the stain to get the color off the bottom of the can. Shaking it like wall paint doesn't really work. If you apply too much it will show as streaks instead of soaking into the wood and you can wipe it off with an old t-shirt if done quickly enough. The hardest part is the poly. If there is any moisture in the wood it will cause air bubbles and any dust will show. Poly usually needs more than one coat to make it super durable with a light sanding between coats. Unless you know some one that can spray the poly on. They sell poly in a can too. You can use a large fridge box as a spray booth if your shop has a gravel floor or lay down some plastic to keep the dust from stirring.

This is why I prefer paste wax. The wood also looks more natural with the wax and doesn't show wear as easily. Plus you can always rub on some more paste wax instead of having to sand down the piece to repoly. But the paste wax might not be as durable as you would like.

Maybe try your stain and finish coat on scraps like said previously to see what you prefer.
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Old 12-22-2012, 10:48 PM   #52
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Back on the bench

So I added a back to the bench that doubles as a full platform. Under the bench I have supports that swing out plus support built into the back of the bench. Just swing out the supports from under the bench, remove the rear/back of the bench, place on supports parallel the bench, and you have a full platform. Still have a few things to work out, but so far so good...

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Old 12-23-2012, 10:04 AM   #53
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finally uploaded

So here are those pictures...my internet is still super slow...
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Old 12-23-2012, 07:34 PM   #54
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Cut that back angle off the bench so its flush as a full platform. In the last picture you can see a bit of the other supports for the full platform. Put magnetic catches on all the bench supports so no rattles on the road in any position. When the bench is used with the back it has 3 bolts with wing nuts that hold it in place near the bottom. So what about the rear airbags? Do they work somehow like the front passenger seat in that they need a certain amount of weight in it. If so will my car think it has the rear seats in and with enough weight in them? I am clicked in to the side and floor on passenger side. Only on the side for the cabinet. Those side curtain airbags would be much the same with a seat at the wall or my cabinet. I don't know I just keep looking at them an wonder? Could I maybe have a on/off switch installed?
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Old 12-23-2012, 07:37 PM   #55
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cool build. I think I saw your E at Camino real shopping center the other day. Had I seen this I would have taken a closer look.
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Old 12-23-2012, 07:43 PM   #56
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Yup. My Home Depot and BevMo
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Old 12-24-2012, 09:06 PM   #57
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Put nobs on the doors just some I had laying around. Put actual T braces on the bench back and supports. better picture of the platform supports. Cut and put up the corrugated plastic in the rear window. From the outside it just looks like really dark tint. No light leaks through. Good stuff I recommend it. Plus the bench and e seat and the cabinet solo. Being able to remove them has been great just so that I can work on them in the shop.
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Old 12-25-2012, 08:00 PM   #58
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Merry Christmas EOC!

cut the back down to below the window and even with the cabinet. Used T braces to lock the back in place with slide locks underneath to hold down. Added a cut out in the back to cut weight and add access to the slid lock. Almost there.....Thinking about a solid stain. Two colors matching the interior trim. So mostly black with grey trim. What do you think?
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Old 12-26-2012, 11:24 AM   #59
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looking good! Like the curved bits on the bench. It makes it look much nicer. Try a black stain to see if you like it. The is also a recipe online for a steel wool and vinegar wash that comes out grey and is easy to apply.
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Do you not like the black solid stain? I was just going to use the solid stain to avoid all my sanding mistakes. That grey sounds interesting, but I was looking at matching my interior by bringing in samples and getting as close as possible. I just figured the solid stain vs paint was about protection of the wood. The solid stain actually penetrates the wood in stead of sitting on top. I could always just cut new pieces if I really hate it. None of the wood I used was expensive. Down the road I may buy better wood for the outside pieces and do a nicer job.

Did a few things to the bench. Changed the folding legs supports to to rigid with steel brace. Changed up the arch. Added a magnetic catch for the bench back with double sided tape on the car. It is only there to keep the bench from rattling while driving and works great. With the front seat folded all the way back it will line up perfectly after adding cushions to the bench.

Ill be in San Francisco for a few days around New Years if any EOCers want to check it out. Thanks again for all the interest.
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