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Re: iambillyg's Flat File Refurbish Thread

PostPosted: Mon Jun 15, 2015 7:22 pm
by BenRichards
Damn Billy, 1000 bucks :shock:
Does it at least come with the Kill Bill print?
http://austin.craigslist.org/fuo/5073780101.html

Re: iambillyg's Flat File Refurbish Thread

PostPosted: Mon Jun 15, 2015 10:02 pm
by iambillyg
$1000, because CL is full of lowballing buttholes.

If someone from here wants it, shoot me a message.

Re: iambillyg's Flat File Refurbish Thread

PostPosted: Mon Jun 15, 2015 10:21 pm
by PLUSH
BenRichards wrote:Damn Billy, 1000 bucks :shock:
Does it at least come with the Kill Bill print?
http://austin.craigslist.org/fuo/5073780101.html



It's in the pic, so yeah. :clap:

Re: iambillyg's Flat File Refurbish Thread

PostPosted: Mon Jun 15, 2015 10:49 pm
by BenRichards
iambillyg wrote:$1000, because CL is full of lowballing buttholes.


Fair enough.

Re: iambillyg's Flat File Refurbish Thread

PostPosted: Mon Jun 22, 2015 11:34 pm
by xangelx
BenRichards wrote:Damn Billy, 1000 bucks :shock:
Does it at least come with the Kill Bill print?
http://austin.craigslist.org/fuo/5073780101.html


That thing is gorgeous if I was in Texas I'd buy it. Don't even want to know what it'd cost to ship to me.....sigh.

Re: iambillyg's Flat File Refurbish Thread

PostPosted: Sat Aug 01, 2015 11:06 pm
by keysersoze01
Thanks for showing how you did this Billy-I'm going to follow your instructions to do mine that I just bought.One question though,about how long would you guess the whole process took even though you broke it up over several days? Is it something that could be done in 1 day if needed?

Re: iambillyg's Flat File Refurbish Thread

PostPosted: Sun Aug 02, 2015 8:07 pm
by preacher010
The wife and I just made over this nasty ass flat file in about a weekend. I'm really happy with it. The stain is much darker in person (couldn't get a good picture).

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Re: iambillyg's Flat File Refurbish Thread

PostPosted: Sun Aug 02, 2015 9:03 pm
by keysersoze01
Very nice!

Re: iambillyg's Flat File Refurbish Thread

PostPosted: Tue Feb 16, 2016 4:52 pm
by FAMPart
about to pick-up a big ol wood flat file for $150 to convert to a coffee table with my dad. As much as I want a new metal one the wood is gonna look classy as hell. Since most of the pics here are gone, i'm gonna use the text as a reference and then good old fashioned intuition and carpentry skills.

If there's anything special I should know about insulating, locks and anything else to keep outside forces from entering, that would be great

Thanks and wish me luck!

Re: iambillyg's Flat File Refurbish Thread

PostPosted: Tue Jul 19, 2016 12:19 am
by letusjam
I am putting this here because I think that this thread is the most authoritative on the process, even though many of the photos have since gone. I recently finished a flat-file-to-coffee-table project. Much of my inspiration was taken from here, but there was a twist on mine I think is worth sharing. I needed to have some kind of base for it, and opted for a sheet of steel. The only kind I could readily get hold of was much thicker than I wanted. But that allowed me to recess the casters farther from the edge and not connect them to the flat file at all. The steel is connected to the bottom of the cabinet with a bunch of rivets. The whole thing came out great if I do say so myself.

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Re: iambillyg's Flat File Refurbish Thread

PostPosted: Thu Jul 21, 2016 3:09 pm
by BenRichards
Just purchased my first flat file for 25 bucks and am hoping to fix it up. Ideally I'd like to cut into the bottom and put drawers for packing supplies and bags to flatten my prints and refinish the flat file with a piece of plexiglass on top. Any ideas/suggestions/recommendations are much appreciated and I will be looking to this thread for some guidance.

The wood base it's on is birch if that helps any.

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Re: iambillyg's Flat File Refurbish Thread

PostPosted: Thu Jul 21, 2016 3:14 pm
by BenRichards
letusjam wrote:Image


Looks great! :drool:

Re: iambillyg's Flat File Refurbish Thread

PostPosted: Fri Jul 22, 2016 12:29 am
by fallstaff
BenRichards - you might be able to modify that birch carcass to accommodate drawers. See my plywood flat file at the link below. In order to open up the bottom for drawers, it may be necessary to add 1 x 2 wood rails to support the heavy metal file above. A biscuit joiner is a handy power tool for plywood box projects, aiding alignment and achieving strong joints.

viewtopic.php?f=3&t=166273

Re: iambillyg's Flat File Refurbish Thread

PostPosted: Mon Jul 25, 2016 8:50 pm
by Luckyslev
Oh man, I love the glass top build! I'm going to have to start looking for a flat file with this build in mind! Thanks for sharing.

Re: iambillyg's Flat File Refurbish Thread

PostPosted: Sun Oct 02, 2016 7:31 pm
by iambillyg
At some point over the last 8 months, I deleted all my old images from FLICKR. I've gotten a few PMs from people asking for a 'how-to' guide with images again.

Since I've recently started another project, I've decided to document my progress/process here:

http://imgur.com/a/TefNe

As I progress, I'll be adding more images.