Shaker Cherry Nightstand - Handtool heavy #10: Finishing (Boring)

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Blog entry by Bertha posted 03-25-2011 05:08 PM 1231 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 9: Step #9: Final assembly-stop, guide, and button Part 10 of Shaker Cherry Nightstand - Handtool heavy series Part 11: Step #11: Turning knob and moving into house! »

I resisted the urge to K+dichrome or tint this project (with approval from the fiance’). I’m not proud of the sanding but what’s done is done. I’m going to employ a basic LJ tenet of 1) BLO, 2) Shellac 1# seal, 3) Poly. I’m at the BLO part & I’m pleased so far. I’m aware that some hate to show end-grain forward but I’m in a different camp. I’ll use a darker knob to tie in to the dark red end-grain. I left the deeper scrub plane marks and tearout on the top. I don’t want to forget that I didn’t pass this over and under planers and jointers! The drawer is 2# amber shellac & a bit more tinted than I wanted. It’s rustic, I can live with it.

BLO flood:

Drying a bit:

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#1 posted 03-25-2011 05:46 PM

Nice nightstand Al. This side of the pond we call it a bedside cabinet. Thanks for the blog. I missed it before, so I’ve just looked over the previous entries to catch up. Can’t wait for your bench build. A Roubo is definitely in my future, although not this year. I’m still struggling with a beat up B&D workmate and I long for day when I can toss it in a skip. :-)

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#2 posted 03-25-2011 05:50 PM

Ha! Brit, I’ve toiled with the workmate myself! I certainly enjoyed tossing mine. Thanks for the kind comments & I hope to wrap up my bedside cabinet this weekend. Once the bench assembly is underway, I’ll make sure to share all my bumps and bruises.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#3 posted 03-25-2011 11:41 PM

well time to ask does you suck or blow :-)
if you do the first shuoldn´t have been above the table instead


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