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Old 10th September 2012, 10:05 PM   #11
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An additional layer of oil has been added today. I have to admit that it does not feel as nice as it did with two layers... I will apply a few more on the test to check how the wood will behave with more before continuing with the rest of the shelves.

Here is a photo of how the non-test shelf looks today (5 layers of stain and 2 layers of oil)

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I m pretty satisfied with the results so far. I could have done some better work on the sides though... The flash reveals some problems. Thankfully, they are not as visible in normal room light.

Here is a photo of the dried oil today. The wrinkles further prove the oily composition.

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I have also glued together the top sandwich. Tomorrow I will start working on it.

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I have also ordered the spikes.
The rods will be drilled on their bottom and a super hard steel rod (don t know the english name for it. Something like oil-steel) will be inserted in it. The rod will then be machined to have a nice spiky shape, but not too steep in order to endure the large weight of the entire rack-equipment.
I will post some photos as soon as I get them.
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Old 11th September 2012, 07:29 PM   #12
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OK glueing inexperience alert....
I did not squeeze the two plywood sheets together around the cork. This resulted in a wavy cork sheet and big gaps between the 3 sheets...damn...
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Old 12th September 2012, 08:26 AM   #13
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Separating the plywood sheets was hard.... And scraping the cork was nightmare.... omg my hands hurt...
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Old 13th September 2012, 07:22 PM   #14
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I have received the spikes today.

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The rods were drilled and a bit of carbid was inserted in the hole. The carbid was then machined to a nice spikey shape. I expect the rack to be a bit heavy, so we decided to make the spike angle not very steep.

Now how I decided to handle the rods...

I measured 7cm from the spike tip and insterted the nut at that spot. The rest of the rod was covered with tape (black one, the red was just an experiment).

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I then cut a piece of insulation tube and got it over the rod. The tape was necessary for the tube to slide on the rod without getting ruined.

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I then tightened the tube with some more tape. This was to further increase the damping effect of the tubing.

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Up to here I feel confident that the build is perfect for my needs.
Below I will try to give you a first hint of one of the alternatives I am considering for the final finish of the rods.

An additional piece of insulation tubbing was cut and inserted on top of the previous and the locking nut.

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And below, you can see how it will actually look.

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From far it looks nice.

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But if you get close, you start seeing problems with the foamy tubbing.

To be honest, I like it both with the mat black and with the silvery metal of the rods...
Damn... decisions....
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Old 13th September 2012, 09:36 PM   #15
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OK I did some tests with the second shelf

The first two photos are with only the inner tubbing.

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And the following ones are with the outer tubbing installed.

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My feeling is that the thicker tubes seem a bit fatty. It would be perfect if the shelves were 60cm... damn....

What I liek with this tubing is that it is flexible, so you can get the length where you want it, just paying attention to not ballon it somewhere.
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Old 17th September 2012, 12:20 AM   #16
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I ve been busy for the last few days working on other staff, so the rack had to be set aside for a while.
Today I managed to find some time and sand the last two shelves and get the first stain layer done.
I am pretty happy with the result. The top shelf was drilled only half way (one of the plywood sheets) and it is balancing nicely on its weight. The small height difference in one of the rod spikes did not create any problems with it. My turntable should be pretty happy up there.

Here is a photo of how the shelves will look on the final assembly.

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Again the flash is pretty unforgiving with imperfections, but on plain living room light the rack appears pretty nice.
I have put my CD player in there to give you a hint of how equipment fits. You can see that the 50cm width is just about adequate if you do not mind sliding equipment from the side. I would do my next one 60cm.
I would also go for 40mm thick shelves and I would try some hardwood instead to get a nicer look.
But for the money I spent on it, it comes up pretty nice.
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Old 30th September 2012, 02:34 PM   #17
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I finally managed to finish the rack.

I used pvc tubing to hide the rods.

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And here is the final result

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The problem for now is that I leveld the shelves while it was on the carpent. And now I need to do it again.

Also, the final result is not very sturdy. Probably because of the cork, or because I did not tighten the bolts enough.
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