QSWO Chest on Stand

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Project by WoodWasterd posted 04-06-2016 06:42 PM 876 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

recently completed white oak chest on a stand. design borrowed from mario rodriguez at FWW. i attempted fuming the oak but was unhappy with the blotchy appearance and then used both dye and dark watco danish oil. it is a little darker than hoped but coloring closely emulates mission period pieces i’m familiar with. two sliding boxes/trays 2.5” deep on dadoed rail for smaller items. one tray includes removable maple dividers.

learned an important lesson that one can never accurately predict the post dye/stain completed coloring. the drawer front darkened up much different than other pieces despite coming from the same board.

dovetails were cut using a rip cut blade i had ground to 9.5 degrees at ridge carbide tool.
lid supports from rockler.
other hardware (latches & handles) from various ebay vendors.
stain followed by 2 coats spray shellac & 2 coats spray poly

i have received several inquiries about fuming oak. i am fortunate through my career (research scientist) to have experience with and access to the chemicals (ammonia) used in fuming. without both i would not have attempted fuming. i believe the finish generated by dyes and stains is indistinguishable from that generated by fuming by all but the most experienced. that fact combined with the challenges of fuming relegate it to arts & crafts period purists and scientific curiosity.

interesting side story. during university i worked a couple summers for a building maintenance (janitorial) business. on several occasions we were contracted to remove a buildup of wax on tiled floors. the process involves flooding the floor with a strong ammonium hydroxide solution (ammonia mixed with water). on one occasion we forgot to remove all of the plants from the building. after completing the work we realized the chemicals had killed every plant in the building.

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#1 posted 04-07-2016 01:09 AM

The chest looks great. What will it be used for?

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#2 posted 04-07-2016 03:20 AM

great use of some beautiful QSWO.

Thanks for sharing.

Bill in MI

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#3 posted 04-07-2016 08:58 AM

Beautifully crafted piece of furniture WW. The hardware compliments the project also.

Would you use the fuming technique again, or is it too much of a hit & miss experiment.

Well done


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#4 posted 04-07-2016 09:12 AM

that is beautiful. well done

-- I'm not creative, I'm just bad at copying

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#5 posted 04-07-2016 10:50 AM

Looks great.


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#6 posted 04-07-2016 11:37 AM

Beautiful chest and great job selecting the hardware. Where did you purchase the hardware?

-- Luis

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#7 posted 04-07-2016 01:39 PM

nice job

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