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Offline oguinn

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Re: Kit Assembly Gallery
« Reply #15 on: August 13, 2019, 10:21:34 AM »
Is it the case that you built and glued up the base, then just left it in the dye for a week? Or were there multiple soaking sessions? I've never used a dye before but I'm considering something different for the Kaiju/BeePre (and eventually Eros). I've been staining and finishing a scrap piece of alder over the past week to see what I want but haven't found anything I liked yet.
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Re: Kit Assembly Gallery
« Reply #16 on: August 13, 2019, 11:57:27 AM »
If I could have made enough dye to submerge the wood, I would've considered it!  Instead it was a brush application several times a day for many days until it didn't get any darker.
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Re: Kit Assembly Gallery
« Reply #17 on: August 13, 2019, 12:43:19 PM »
Got it. My biggest issue is getting the tung oil finish to look right. I've done it correctly one time and the other times have been disappointing.
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Re: Kit Assembly Gallery
« Reply #18 on: August 14, 2019, 01:33:14 AM »
Here's a black Crack I just completed.  The owner wanted the base to match some other components and furniture with a black ash finish, so I built a base out of ash and soaked it in black dye over the course of about a week.

That looks awesome!

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Re: Kit Assembly Gallery
« Reply #19 on: August 14, 2019, 05:55:48 AM »
Here's a black Crack I just completed.  The owner wanted the base to match some other components and furniture with a black ash finish, so I built a base out of ash and soaked it in black dye over the course of about a week.

Lovely job Paul, especially that wood base.  A quick tip for the screws, dip the heads into some Birchwood Casey Perma Blue and they will instantly blend in.
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Re: Kit Assembly Gallery
« Reply #20 on: August 14, 2019, 07:44:50 AM »
Love that black finished Crack.  Woodworking has been my main hobby for years and I have had good luck at ebonizing oak and ash with a simple process. Obtain some black dye from a woodworker’s store, a water or alcohol base dye works equally well, but may have to re-sand if the water base raises the grain.  Apply 2-4 coats of dye, let it set for at least a day then apply a standard black stain (like Minwax ebony).  As a finish coat rub in some Tried & True varnish oil, the more coats you add the glossier it gets.  Adding the standard black stain helps pop the grain and give it an ebony like appearance.

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Re: Kit Assembly Gallery
« Reply #21 on: June 19, 2020, 10:25:31 AM »
Here is a Kaiju I built for personal use.
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Re: Kit Assembly Gallery
« Reply #22 on: June 19, 2020, 10:59:27 AM »
Now that's a fine looking amp. I like the combo of black metal with deep brown wood sides.

Very nice, Derek
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Re: Kit Assembly Gallery
« Reply #23 on: June 19, 2020, 12:30:40 PM »
Are those covers sitting over the regular transformers or are there custom parts i there? If it’s the former… where can we get those?
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Re: Kit Assembly Gallery
« Reply #24 on: June 19, 2020, 01:11:45 PM »
Yes, they are covers that fit over the transformers.  No, they will not work on a stock Kaiju plate.
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Re: Kit Assembly Gallery
« Reply #25 on: June 20, 2020, 01:08:43 AM »
Touch of the Quad II's there. Very smart.

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Re: Kit Assembly Gallery
« Reply #26 on: June 22, 2020, 06:04:29 AM »
A lot of nice builds Paul! you are busy!
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Re: Kit Assembly Gallery
« Reply #27 on: June 22, 2020, 06:29:38 AM »
A lot of nice builds Paul! you are busy!
That's at least partially your fault!
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Re: Kit Assembly Gallery
« Reply #28 on: June 29, 2020, 07:32:57 PM »
And a purple Crack.
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Re: Kit Assembly Gallery
« Reply #29 on: June 30, 2020, 06:12:25 AM »
I didn't have much faith when I saw that purple heart lumber. I stand corrected, that looks really nice!
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