Scrollsaw Chest Project #4: I'm Seeing The Finish Line

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Blog entry by William posted 11-05-2010 06:00 AM 2504 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 3: Boxing It In Part 4 of Scrollsaw Chest Project series Part 5: Finishing »

Here’s the lid for the chest with the scrolled panels already cut. I’m sure you notice the clamps on the lid. While the glue was drying on this, I went back to do a lot of the sanding on the box that I got too lazy to finish yesterday.

This is the complete lid fully assembled. I’ve added the cedar backing to the scroll work. You’ll also notice the rail around the front and sides of the lid that will form a lip over the top of the box when the lid is shut.

This is what the scroll work looks like in the lid with the backing in it.
Next I done a lot of sanding on the lid. Also, for the box and lid I sanded all sharp edges off to a more rounded profile to give it sort of a softer finished look.

Hinge duty is being performed by a brass finish 32” piano hinge.

I wanted something that would hold the lid open when needed, allow it to close, and not allow it to drop down and slam shut. I also wanted something that looked good and matched the brass finish of the piano hinge. I settled on a friction lid support on each side of the inside of the lid. While I love them now that they’re installed, I have to say, these were the most aggrevating pieces of hardware I’ve ever installed in my life. If I wasn’t already going bald, I would be after worrying with these things. I’ll know if I ever use these again to pay no attention what so ever to the instructions that come with them. Whoever wrote the instructions had obviously not actually ever installed one, because to get even close to the measurements that were on the instructions on the back of the package, you would have mounted the supports in a fashion that would not have possibly allowed the lid to close all the way. Why, oh why, did I pick this one time in my life to actually read the instructions? I don’t normally.

As the title of this installment suggested, I’m starting to see the finish line on this project. Next I’ve got a little more sanding to do and have got to pull out some cloth and probably the vacuum to do some serious cleaning up of dust, especially on the inside of it.
Finish line? Not just yet. Speaking of finish though, I need some suggestions. I can’t seem to make up my mind. I know I am leaving the inside of the chest unfinished for the aromatic properties. However, I want to put something on the outside that’ll give it a shine and protect the wood because it is so soft. I have a couple of ideas I’ve used in the past on cedar. I thought it might be a good idea though to ask you all if you’ve ever put a finish on aromatic cedar. If so, what did you use? How did it turn out? Suggestions anyone? I will try any suggestions on a scrap piece of cedar before I settle on a final decision about the finish.
This is for my daughter. I hope she will be able to use it well after I’m gone. So I would really like to make sure to put a nice finish on the outside of it.


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#1 posted 11-05-2010 06:19 AM

Dont know about the finish but boy it sure looks great so far. I am sure your daughter will love it.

-- Theresa,

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#2 posted 11-05-2010 06:32 AM

It is actually a double work…. scroll and box making.
You deserve a double excellent. Very beautiful. WOW

-- Bert

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#3 posted 11-05-2010 06:40 AM

William, I turned a couple bowls out of Red Cedar and finished it with wipe-on-poly. Sad to say that it is not doing so well cause there are a couple knots in the bowls and that area is pitchy and is not allowing the poly to stay on or stay shiny. It absorbs into the knot and dulls the finish. I have put on about 30 coats and it is still doing it. I might have to put it back on the lathe and strip it and start again with something else. Just be careful with the knotty areas. I hope you don’t encounter the problem I did.

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#4 posted 11-07-2010 02:58 PM

Just beautiful William! I am catching up on my email today and just saw this post. You are absolutely an inspiration!


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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