|Project by mikega||posted 07-07-2010 at 07:04 PM||1592 views||4 times favorited||18 comments|
I hope that everyone has been checking out Jim’s (a1jim) excellent post on building a lowboy with Charles Neil. Building a lowboy is something that I have wanted to do for a long time now but just was not comfortable trying on my own. When I heard that Charles was building a lowboy on his Mastering Woodworking show I knew it was time to stop dreaming about building one and time to get to work actually making one. I wanted to do some carving on mine so it is slightly different then the one he built. I found an article in FWW that showed a lowboy with a fan carved on the center drawer. I was able to follow the series and build right along with him with a few minor changes. The step by step instructions were excellent but the thing I like most about his teaching is how he shows you how to avoid problems and how to get out of trouble when things don’t go as planned. When it came time to finish my lowboy Charles once again invited me down to put the finish on it in his shop. I am really glad I did. On the first day we put and orange dye on followed by a Rosewood stain then several coats of lacquer. Everything went as planned that day. Next day while Charles and Sherri were busy shooting next weeks show, Charles helper Ed and I started scuffing all the pieces getting them ready for the last coat of lacquer. We sprayed the top, case and top drawer and everything looked good but the bottom drawers looked like we put a crackle finish on it. I was starting to panic. We went out and told Charles what was happening. He went right back, grabbed this that and the other thing then after a few minutes he walked by me and smiled and said “everything will be alright now” and it was. He later explained that for some reason on those 3 drawers the top coat was drying too quickly and not getting enough time to dissolve into the bottom layers. Not having any lacquer retarder he placed on a heavy coat of a thicker lacquer slowing down the drying time.
Thanks to Mastering Woodworking show and a lot of help from Charles and Ed my lowboy is no longer a dream and I now have the confidence to continue building bigger and better projects.
I know that Jim has said this several times before but I will say it again, if you really want to take your woodworking to the next level you need to check out Charles site at: http://charlesneilwoodworking.com
-- Mike www.flickr.com/photos/paturner