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Blog entry by matt garcia posted 11-26-2009 02:12 AM 3824 reads 0 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well I’m on vacation this week. Getting ready for Turkey Day, and just enjoying the great cool weather. Just an update on my small Chippendale Chest progress.

Well, payday came, and after a trip to Clark’s for some Poplar, I was back in business! Building the draw fronts, and then getting the rest of the measurements for the rest of the drawers. After all of the dovetail work, I final sanded the drawers, and applied a coat of Black Walnut Danish Oil. Now I need to wait 3 days for it to dry, before I add a top coat. Enjoy!!




Just need some finish, and the hardware!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#1 posted 11-26-2009 02:18 AM


Looks amazing. Great use of the grain patterns in the drawer fronts. Keep up the great work!

-- Chuck Bender, Senior Editor Popular Woodworking Magazine, period furniture maker, woodworking instructor

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#2 posted 11-26-2009 02:54 AM

Wow, if you’re not careful, you’re going to make poplar popular…

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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#3 posted 11-26-2009 03:04 AM

that looks real nice

-- gagewestern

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#4 posted 11-26-2009 03:07 AM

Fairly flows across the piece. Well executed… the hardware will make it pop… can’t wait.

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

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#5 posted 11-26-2009 03:14 AM

Very nice Matt.

-- Scott - Katy, Texas

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#6 posted 11-26-2009 03:29 AM

very very nice

-- "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then Success is sure." Mark Twain

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#7 posted 11-26-2009 03:34 AM

Matt, Your chest is looking great. Love the grain on the drawer fronts. Nice job.

-- John @

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#8 posted 11-26-2009 03:35 AM


Looking real good. I’ve had one of these on my list for the past few years. Here we go again, you make it first. Well done and Happy Thanksgiving.

Isn’t woodworking a great way to spend your vacation?!

-- Bob A in NJ

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#9 posted 11-26-2009 03:38 AM

Matt, this is gorgeous. The danish really brought out the figure of the walnut. I am sure your mother is going to love this.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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matt garcia

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#10 posted 11-26-2009 04:08 AM

Thanks guys!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#11 posted 11-26-2009 04:10 AM

Very nice Matt fantastic chest.

-- Custom furniture

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#12 posted 11-26-2009 05:01 AM

Nice looking chest, Matt.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#13 posted 11-26-2009 06:43 AM

Wonderful Walnut and as always Matt , your Craftsmanship is perfect : )

Have you done anything with Red Oak ? I found 4 boards today with some nice Curly figure in them and the problem is that they are 4 different shades of red : (
Any finishing suggestions to make the figure POP but also even out the colors ?

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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matt garcia

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#14 posted 11-26-2009 01:47 PM

Thanks everyone!!

Dusty, since I am still new to coloring wood, I would suggest to try out several stains, dyes, Danish oils until you find one that you like. I’ve bought 4 different Danish oils, attempting to mix them in order to get a good color for the Tiger Maple version of this chest I plan on building next. I didn’t like the way any color combo looked! : ( I’m going to try a dye next.

Bob, to answer your question, yes it is a great way to spend vacation! I do it every year!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#15 posted 11-26-2009 06:27 PM

wowa .. love the grain on the drawer fronts .. looks very nice.. what are the dimensions of the piece?

for tiger maple – Charles Neil has an interesting 6 minute video on making the figure pop using dies:

-- David - Houston, Texas. (

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