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
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 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.
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