|Project by wlhutch||posted 05-31-2010 05:33 AM||6640 views||8 times favorited||16 comments|
This small chest was built from one spalted maple board. The box is 8 1/2” x 17”. This was a learning exercise in making ogee bracket feet- a first attempt. I started with a drawing, made a pattern and cut the shapes. The ogee was cut on the bandsaw after the two pieces were glued with a spline.
This wood is difficult to finish because of blotching, so I tried a new product called Blotch Control from Charles Neil. I wanted to keep the wood looking natural so a simple oil/varnish blend was used after the blotch treatment. Then a garnet shellac was applied with a sprayed top coat of WB lacquer. I can tell you that I didn’t have the least problem with blotching and even the end grain didn’t go darker.
The box was dovetailed and the bottom was rabbeted in place. A base was constructed from the molding that the feet are attached. Next time I will skip the base and use the bottom by applied molding or having wider stock.
I chose a whimsical font for the inlay in keeping with the fun nature of this wood.