Walnut and Curly Maple Chest

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Project by barringerfurniture posted 12-10-2014 03:38 AM 2919 views 22 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi everyone. Here’s a chest I just delivered. It’s Black Walnut and Curly Maple. The customer requested lots of sapwood in the Walnut to match an existing piece. The match came pretty close but not exact. I did the best I could.

I have to go back and install a lid stay as soon as it arrives.

This is the second time I’ve used a homemade finish – one to three parts BLO, mineral spirits and polyurethane. I mixed a bit light on the poly for the third coat because it seemed to build a surface pretty quick. Two coats of paste wax followed.

Lately Ive been leaving handplane scallops in mostly unseen parts like underneath the lid and on the bottom. I don’t do a final smoothing there or sanding. I like it as a sign to others that the surfaces were planed by hand. So far no one seems to mind. I think it’s cool.

Thanks for looking. Happy holidays.

-- Scott Barringer, Sacramento, CA

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#1 posted 12-10-2014 05:46 AM

Very Nice. Great composition and wood combination. Looks like you will have a happy customer. I like your idea of leaving your Mark.

BTW what is BLO?

-- Natalie - My mind is like a bad neighborhood, I don't like to go there alone.

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#2 posted 12-10-2014 07:25 AM

Great looking chest – mabe one day I also will be able to build something of this caliber..
BLO stands for Boiled Linseed Oil.

-- Marcin in Hatfield, Hertfordshire, UK

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#3 posted 12-10-2014 10:00 AM

Great job, love the color. I made one similar to this as well. Very nice.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#4 posted 12-10-2014 12:21 PM

Gorgeous! Great job

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#6 posted 12-10-2014 01:04 PM

Very nicely done, great wood combo.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#7 posted 12-10-2014 02:00 PM

Very, Very nice work!

-- Mike from Buffalo "A man spends the first half of his life learning habits that shorten the other half of his life."

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#8 posted 12-10-2014 02:27 PM

nice. I like the idea of leaving the scallops. It adds some character to the underside of that lid.

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#9 posted 12-10-2014 04:10 PM

This turned out beautifully. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#10 posted 12-10-2014 06:00 PM

Beautiful work

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#11 posted 12-10-2014 06:53 PM

very nice chest

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#12 posted 12-10-2014 09:25 PM

Thanks for all the kind word everyone.

Natalie, “BLO” is boiled linsead oil.

-- Scott Barringer, Sacramento, CA

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#13 posted 12-10-2014 11:46 PM

super nice work, really nice. And it looks like a good match for the room/house from what I can see. As for leaving tool marks, I am a big fan of that idea. I’ve been starting to do that a bit myself, but its hard to break the “finish everything” habit.

-- Douglas in Chicago -

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#14 posted 12-11-2014 01:11 AM

That’s a beautiful chest! I love that walnut/curly maple combination! I’m sure your client is just thrilled with it!

-- Dean

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#15 posted 12-11-2014 12:33 PM

Great chest! I also like the walnut/maple combo. And I like the leaving the tool marks idea!

-- Ron, Northern Illinois

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