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Blog entry by WoodJediNTraining posted 1002 days ago 4981 reads 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Recently I started a Hickory Chest Project. This chest will feature raised panels as well as a cedar lining. I have been videoing the build. To share with viewers who might like to watch. I’m right at the point of getting ready for the finish. But before i do, I want to pose a question to my fellow Lumber Jock’s… Here is a picture of the Chest. It has some cool features. ( beetle bore holes, knots, etc.) Id like to showcase in the project. With that being said. Here is my question to you all. If it were you building the chest, Would you clear coat it, or stain it? I’m thinking a clear lacquer finish… but Id like your opinion.

Also if you would like to watch the build of this chest. You can see the videos at A Simple Design of Ocala

-- Newbie, aka Wood_Jedi, http://www.asimpledesignofocala.com



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freidasdad

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#1 posted 1002 days ago

This is a beautiful piece of work. I agree with you about wanting to accent the natural beauty of that hicory. I wouldn’t stain it but I believe I’d give it a coat of tung oil to make that grain pop. After the tung oil had dried completly I’d then finish it with the clear lacquer.
Again, a very nice piece of craftsmanship! Thanks for posting.

-- My goal in life is to be as good a person as my dog already thinks I am---author unknown

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Tomoose

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#2 posted 1002 days ago

+1 on what Phil suggested. The grain is key on Hickory.

Tom

-- cut it twice and it's still too short...

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WoodJediNTraining

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#3 posted 1002 days ago

Hey thats an excellent Idea… I didnt think of that. still trying to master all of the finishes…what can go with what, etc… tung oil under lacquer, i wouldnt have thought of that… Great Advice!! Thanks.

-- Newbie, aka Wood_Jedi, http://www.asimpledesignofocala.com

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#4 posted 1002 days ago

The product I use most for clear coating is Fiddes Hardwax Oil. It will darken it slightly but keep the grain and color and will also pop the figure in the wood. Nice job!

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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WoodJediNTraining

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#5 posted 1002 days ago

Thanks Jusfine.. I will have to look that oil up, see, im glad i put this question out to you all… If anything, i will learn a think or two about finishes…

-- Newbie, aka Wood_Jedi, http://www.asimpledesignofocala.com

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#6 posted 1002 days ago

Jedi – I have some hickory, haven’t done anything with it yet because, to me, it’s the hardest cr*p to work with EVER on my hand tools… You have challenges working with this tough stuff too?

Oh, and +1 on the finish suggestions AND very nice build! I’ll definitely watch the vid!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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#7 posted 1002 days ago

Smitty, this chest was actually my first time working with hickory. The tree fell on my grandfather’s house, i removed it, had it milled and stacked it to dry. This is my first build with the load, and with hickory in general. And yes, a few challenges. but if you make sure your chisels, blades and tools are sharp. there wont be a problem.. The main problem i had was with checking and splitting… I milled it to ruff dimensions, lets it acclimate to my shop for a few weeks… when i was ready to work with it, I lost some boards due to excessive splits and checks… but for the most part… great shaping, once its shaped, sanded, etc.. WOW to me totally woth the effort. But to answer your question… YEA it is some tough stuff.. and i had my share of issues.. lol

-- Newbie, aka Wood_Jedi, http://www.asimpledesignofocala.com

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#8 posted 1002 days ago

One more thing about the tung oil. If you go that route make sure the tung oil is completly cured before applying the lacquer. Most brands say wait 72 hours before putting on a top coat. I go a minimum of 5/7 days.

-- My goal in life is to be as good a person as my dog already thinks I am---author unknown

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WoodJediNTraining

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#9 posted 1002 days ago

Thanks for letting me know Mike. and sand between the cured oil finish and the lacquer ? right?

-- Newbie, aka Wood_Jedi, http://www.asimpledesignofocala.com

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freidasdad

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#10 posted 1002 days ago

I’ve never had to sand after the tung oil but do sand between coats of lacquer.

-- My goal in life is to be as good a person as my dog already thinks I am---author unknown

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#11 posted 1002 days ago

You might also look into Watco Danish Oil…..similar to the Tung Oil suggested above, though it has chemical dryers that will make the process a little quicker. I used this on a toy box for my daughter and top coated with Arm-R-Seal by General Finishes…..this combo is tough as nails…..it’s been 4 years and been beat on by both of my kids and still looks like the day I brought it in the house.

-- Measuring twice and cutting once only works if you read the tape correctly!

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#12 posted 1001 days ago

Jedi – Thanks, glad to hear you had good luck with it! It’s just killer on my hand planes, but then the donor tree I’m working with just may have had issues not universal to hickory. (reversing grain / tear out especially)

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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#13 posted 1001 days ago

With regard to reversing grain, if you are referring to the grain going in one direction halfway up a board, then going the other direction on the other half…. yea, i came up on that… Ive never seen that before…. and it did make it difficult when planing.

-- Newbie, aka Wood_Jedi, http://www.asimpledesignofocala.com

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#14 posted 1001 days ago

That’s exactly it! Well, you’ve given me confidence to use Hickory… :-) Thanks, Jedi!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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#15 posted 1001 days ago

You are very welcome Smitty…

-- Newbie, aka Wood_Jedi, http://www.asimpledesignofocala.com

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