|Project by JeanValjean||posted 03-12-2016 05:41 AM||1063 views||2 times favorited||6 comments|
Here is a Mission Style blanket chest I recently completed for my youngest daughter, a sophomore at Indiana University…
Quarter sawn white oak of course with an aromatic cedar interior.
Drawers are maple with birch plywood bottoms, they ride on hickory slides.
I utilized my Prazi Chest Mate dovetail jig to do the through dovetails on the corners, and my Porter Cable jig for the half blind dovetails on the drawers.
Design and dimensions were pretty much made up as I went along with basic adherence to Mission design principles.
Finish consists of a dark amber dye mixed 50:1 with denatured alcohol to both “raise” and “pop” the grain. After this application dried, the chest was hand sanded with 220 grit and then 2 coats of a medium brown stain were applied.
After that, three coats of General Finishes “Arm-R-Seal” in the semi-gloss sheen were applied with a 400 grit scuff sanding between coats.
Once that was all cured, I applied a coat of Briwax with 4/0 steel wool and buffed that off with a micro-fiber towel.
This method yields a very smooth and luxurious finish.
I have about 50 hours in this project, and I hope my daughter enjoys it as much as I enjoyed making it for her.
Thanks for looking.
-- Semper Fi