My Ann and I made the trip south to our sweet granddaughter Brittany’s home to give her this blanket chest that I made. She is 23 weeks pregnant with our two great granddaughters, our first ones. I remember the day that this sweet girl could fit into the palms of my two cupped hands. Now she will bring into our lives another two pretty girls to love and hold.
ROCKLER LID-STAY TORSION HINGE INSTALLATION Although installing the hinges was a simple process, I wanted to be sure that it went on without any mistakes. I wanted the lid to be centered on the case with just the right overlay. Of course, the right amount of overlay with the hinges I was using was set in motion weeks ago. That is when I cut the lid panel to its final dimensions. It was that long ago that these steps today where easily processed. The steps I took to install the hinge...
It did not take long today to spray on the second and last coat of finish. Again this was spar urethane that I was spraying on my wormy maple Shaker style blanket chest. I will let this coat dry 24 hours before I begin fastening the lid hinges. The only thing that remain on this project besides letting the urethane dry thoroughly is to install the Rockler stay-lid torsion hinges. As I mentioned earlier in this blog, I glued two shim pieces to bring the chest’s back panel out from 5/...
I wiped on two coats of General Finishes Arm-R-Seal yesterday. That certainly went easier for me than the amber Shellac did when I tried to brush it on this wormy maple. These coats of sanding sealer look good. I am warming up my shop so I can wipe on two or more coats today. Then I will probably spray on either clear Shellac from a can or a Spar Polyurethane to protect this blanket chest’s finish. I took a close-shot of the chest’s dovetails, and also its plinth. I do l...
If this project was for myself I would probably still use Shellac for its finish, clear but not amber. I would follow the suggestions I have received here to rub on the Shellac. I would not attempt to brush it again on this project. What I have learned is that applying Shellac takes a very trained and experienced hand, for a brushed on finish for sure. Watching Chuck Bender brush on Shellac makes it look too easy. There are years of experience in his badger hair brush strokes, For this ...
I did not like the color nor my application by brushing on this amber Shellac. This photo shows how yellow the amber Shellac was on the wormy maple. The lid. I decided to wipe the Shellac off with denatured alcohol. This process took awhile. Today I re-sanded all the surfaces. It is now back to about the state the chest was in before I brushed on the Shellac. I will take a day or so to determine my next steps.
Experience can never displace book learning, can it? I tried to prepare myself by watching others brush on Shellac on YouTube, etc. The professionals make it look easy, but their eye and hand coordination and feel really cannot be taught on a video. It has to be experienced, I’m sure. For my first time brushing Shellac, I assume I got a passing grade. Perfection, though, does not come right out the gate, on the first try does it? I also suspect that the yellow tint I got was ...
I missed adding one more link that I found to be very useful since I am about ready to brush Shellac for my first time using this product. This video is presented by Brian Miller a professional finisher at Wm Ng Woodworks. I really enjoy the tips, jigs and instruction that come from Wm Ng, an engineer and woodworking instructor. Brian Miller gives a great presentation on selecting and using brushes for finishing. This video not only shows what brushes to select, but how to use them as we...
I missed adding one more link that I found to be very useful since I am about ready to brush Shellac on this blanket chest. It is by Brian Miller a professional finisher at Wm Ng Woodworks. I really enjoy the tips, jigs and instruction that come from Wm Ng, an engineer and woodworking instructor. Brian Miller gives a great presentation on selecting and using brush for finishing. This video not only shows what brushes to select, but how to use them as well as how to clean them. I highly ...
I placed my first finish coat; Zinsser’s dewaxed sanding sealer. I wiped that on all surfaces; aka per Charles Neil’s recommendation; meaning all surfaces like including the inside the case and on the case bottom. I put my used rags into a lidded container of water outdoors. I do not need a fire over keeping a used rag… I will brush on amber Shellac next. It should warm up this chest some. I think. The Chest’s Case and Plinth The Chest’s Lid This ...
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