Even though it may be possible for the wood on this cabinet to soak up more coats of lacquer, I sprayed my last coat this afternoon. Anything else I might do will be to buff on coats of Staples dark brown paste wax. That should give this cabinet a nice look and feel.
Tomorrow I will begin mounting the seven drawers in this cabinet. I will start with the top drawer by using two plywood panels to set its height and to hold the drawer and slide in place while I screw on the metal slide parts. After the first top drawer is fastened, then I will cut the panel to the next length needed to fastened the next row of drawers below it, and so on…
I like the color of this cabinet from the TransTint dye mix I made starting from Charles Neil’s original recipe for Red Cherry Mahogany. I added more distilled water and some green only to make the mix a bit more brown. Mixing green with the existing tone of red opened up a whole new world to me concerning the color wheel. I was aware of how two colors could make a third and such, but this real example impacted me more than any other book learning that I had done I have made a small investment in watercolor supplies so I an explore this subject more. Thank you Charles for your selfless help.
The plan I have been following to build this tool cabinet had recommended to paint the maple plus Baltic Birch plywood and poplar hardwood. The photograph taken of the finished project looked great. I had every intention of painting this cabinet in a similar fashion. However, in my studies I began to learn about dyes from Charles Neil’s woodworking instruction. I bought his online book Custom Colors. I got my first chance to use dyes when I volunteered to refinish my neighbor’s coffee table. That led me to consider using dye on this cabinet. Giving this shop cabinet a look of mahogany transforms it from looking like a shop cabinet to a fine furniture piece that looks like the dresser I use in my master bedroom. If I hadn’t put a caster base on this cabinet it could fit into the furniture I have in my bedroom.
Oh, well. Why not experiment with finishes when making shop cabinetry?
This whole project has been a series of new firsts for me: my first frame and panel project, my first time using router jigs for loose tenon joinery, first real time using dyes for coloring my personal projects. I have made drawers before but these seven drawers I believe are the best ones I have made to date. They are very sturdy, strong with a great looking sapele false drawer front that I re-sawed from a great 8/4 rough sawn sapele plank.
Hopefully, I will continue to get better at what I do in woodworking. Isn’t that the real goal: continuous improvement?
-- --- Happy Howie