I decided not to apply any finish today. Instead I did some touch up work.
I noticed some small gaps that I filled with wood filler. I opened the Rockler Lid-stay Torsion Hinge package. It has been a year since I built my last blanket chest. I used these hinges on that chest. I remember now why I had to cut mortises for that chest. I milled that case’s lumber to 7/8 inch thick panels. This chest’s panels were milled to 5/8 inches. The hinges are made for 3/4 inches.
I decided to shim out the area where I will mount these hinges. With some scrap wormy maple I setup my table saw to cut thin strips. With my digital calipers I determined that my shim should be just shy of 1/8 inches. I hand planed the edges of this scrap piece. I did this so I would remove the burn and saw marks when it was ripped previously. With my saw setup for ripping thin strips, I made the first cut. I measured that with my calipers. Then I made a small adjustment to the rip fence and then cut a second strip. I could have glue this entire strip along the back of the chest case, but I decided instead to crosscut it into two four inch strips. This means I will have 1/2 inch showing on both ends of the three inch wide hinge.
From here I determined the location of the hinge. I did that by sight really. I measured the width of the case. That was 38 1/2 inches. I marked the center point with my pencil. Then with a metal rule I measured over seven, and then eight and lastly nine inches from center. I decided I liked nine inches. It was pleasing to my eye. I glued and clamps these four inch wide, just shy of 1/8 inch thick strips by setting their inside edge at the nine in from center mark. I used yellow glue and clamped it well.
Here is another question for you Lumber Jocks: should I or should I not finish the inside of this blanket chest? I know there is general advice that no inside of a drawer should be finished. I would assume the same advice goes for these blanket chests were clothing or blankets will be stored.
I glued and clamped the shims for the hinges I will install later.
The chest lid is near ready for finish. I will install the hinge and place this lid on top of the chest later after I apply finish coats.
-- --- Happy Howie