Pennsylvania Spice Box for Mom #8: Finishing and Hardware - Done!

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Blog entry by SPHinTampa posted 06-30-2012 03:03 PM 4099 reads 3 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Last session, I built the front door. In this session, applied the finish and the hardware before finally shipping to my mother … only one month late for Mothersday!

I ended last session with the door done.

and finished with the completed piece

The steps I followed to finalize the piece:

1. Applied spray shellac to inside drawers and non show drawer sides
2. Finished planed the show surfaces, scraped and sanded to 320 grit
3. Applied dilute stain to curly maple drawer front, sanding back to get grain contrast
4. Applied oil finish to entire unit and waited two weeks to cure
5. Buffed drawer fronts
6. Made a template to locate drawer hardware
7. Installed hardware
8. Shipped to mom

Detailed steps:

First I finished the insides and non show faces of the drawers using Zinsser spray shellac

I then mixed up a 1/8 strength solution of trans tint honey amber dye. I think this was a mistake and next time I will use a brown color rather than a yellow color as I think it will look better against the mostly raw wood final effect I was after. I used an alcohol base in order to avoid raising the grain. Next time I may blend the color into dewaxed shellac as the alcohol base stain seemed to penetrated fairly quickly.

I then stained all the curly maple surfaces:

Yuck … fortunately I will be scraping away most of the colour.

Still not sure I am enamored with the colouring but it did make the curly grain much more pronounced.

I then oiled the body using pure tung oil (5 coats – 24 hours between coats)

and drawers

and the door

I finalize by hand sanding everything with 320 grit.

And then I buff the drawer fronts using the Beall Buff System

And lay it all out to look for any last flaws in the light.

I made a hardboard template so that all the drawer pulls would line up down the sides.

And used my fancy blue tape based depth stop to drill the holes for the hardware

and then got out the hardware and installed by hand.

And I am done.

It cost me $300 to ship from Florida to Calgary … worth every penny.

And to make sure future generations know who inspired me, I even signed the bottom (before I finished it)

Hope you enjoyed my blog.

-- Shawn, I ask in order to learn

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Roger Clark aka Rex

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#1 posted 06-30-2012 03:39 PM

Awesome Shawn. Thank you for posting informative pics too.
All I can say, is I think it is simply great and such a nice design that your mom is simple going to be thrilled with.

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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#2 posted 07-01-2012 01:32 AM

Beee-u-teee-ful build my friend

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#3 posted 07-01-2012 04:54 PM

Very nice. Love the tiger maple drawers. This is one of those bucket list items I have yet to find the time for. You did a great job, your design? I just noticed this is an 8 part series. Now I have to spend the next hour reading the first 7 parts.

-- Common sense is so rare anymore when you do see it, it looks like pure genius.

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#4 posted 07-03-2012 02:54 AM

great’re going to have think up another project to top this one.

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