I decided to do a rabbet all around the edge of the lid, matching the rabbet on the fall front (3/4” wide). Used my Stanley 78. It went pretty well, though did get a bit of tear out on one of the breadboards. Dealing with the crossgrain orientation of the panel and the breadboards is a bit challenging when it comes to planing and sanding. Need to figure that one out.
After that it was time to paint. Yay! Been looking forward to that for a while. I decided on milk paint when I first started the project, but I went back and forth on what color. At first I thought I’d use Lexington green, then black, then green, then maybe soldier blue.
This morning I said screw it and decided on black. Didn’t want to be too much of a copycat of Schwarz, but c’est la vie. I like the look, plus I think it’ll help hide some of the many flaws.
I’ve only used milk paint on a couple test pieces, so don’t have much experience with it. I think I mixed it a bit thick, but it went on fine.
After the first coat:
I put two coats on it this evening, using a green pad to “sand” between the coats. I really like how it looked after hitting it with the green pad, evened everything out. I had planned on putting a couple coats of boiled linseed oil on it, but I’m liking the flat black look.