|Project by WoodWasterd||posted 04-06-2016 06:42 PM||1003 views||1 time favorited||7 comments|
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.