3-Side Wood Box to cover glue lamb, Anyone done this?

remodelzombieApril 22, 2009

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I want to cover an ugly, exposed 16 foot glue lamb with a stained rustic Knotty Alder. I'm looking at the pre-fab boxes and this stuff is expensive!

Has anyone bought prefab wood boxes? If so, please share best places to purchase on the west coast.

Or maybe it would be less expensive for my contractor to have one built and put it up.

Comments are welcome!

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aidan_m

This is real easy finish work. Have the contractor build the box and install it.

    Bookmark   April 24, 2009 at 11:44AM
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bobismyuncle

I am not sure what a glue lamb is but I think you are referring to engineered wood, GluLam? Thisyou want to cover it with a faux beam? Being in the mid-west, I don't see a lot of alder, but I do know it can be prone to blotching. Make sure you or your contractor runs some sample boards with your intended stain color and finish before committing to the project. You might want to stay away from Minwax pigmented stains.

    Bookmark   April 24, 2009 at 2:26PM
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remodelzombie

Thx. I'm looking at Sherwin Williams furniture grade stains and will definitely test it first!

    Bookmark   April 26, 2009 at 7:04PM
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HandyMac

A simple coat of one pound cut blond shellac before staining will do wonders for preventing blotching on most woods.

Just as an aside---SW owns MinWax.:-)

    Bookmark   April 27, 2009 at 9:04AM
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bobismyuncle

This is true, but they seem to be at arm's length as far as finish chemists and product development.

Compare a can of Golden Oak stain from each and you will see not much similarity.

>> Just as an aside---SW owns MinWax.:-)

    Bookmark   April 27, 2009 at 1:11PM
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remodelzombie

Thanks for the info Mac and Uncle!

I'm having a pro painting company do the staining, but I'd like to understand this. "one pound cut blond shellac before staining"...what does that mean? I may try to do a couple of small items myself so this might be useful info.

    Bookmark   May 2, 2009 at 9:28AM
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Jon1270

Shellac is a solid that's dissolved in alcohol. A one-pound cut means one pound of solid shellac flakes dissolved in a gallon of alcohol. The canned shellac you're likely to find at a hardware store is a stronger solution - probably a three pound cut, or 3 pounds of solid shellac per gallon of alcohol. To make a one-pound cut, mix one part canned shellac with 2 parts solvent alcohol.

    Bookmark   May 2, 2009 at 10:04AM
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remodelzombie

thanks for the explanation.

    Bookmark   May 2, 2009 at 6:02PM
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