|Project by juanabee||posted 01-25-2011 11:13 PM||5562 views||6 times favorited||6 comments|
Last year my daughter-in-law requested a cedar-lined blanket chest for Christmas. Being a rookie woodworker, I swallowed hard and went to work. I came up with one she liked (see project 1 in this gallery). Now my daughter and other five daugher-in-laws all want one too. I admit to being too thick to see this coming. But, what the heck, their smile and the look in their eyes when you give it to them is worth just about anything. I will be making five more of these.
This one is made of poplar, stained to look like cherry. I used the formulation by Steve Mickley I found at http://hardwoodlumberandmore.com/Articles/ArticleViewPage/tabid/75/ArticleId/11/Poplar-to-Cherry.aspx. I hadn’t tried this before, and wouldn’t recommend it again for projects with a lot of exposed end grain. Problem is the end grain soaks in the dye and splotches the flat grain all along the end grain edge. This is especially a problem with the raised panels. If I were to do this again I would stain the end grain first, sand off the splotches then stain the flat grain being careful not to touch the end grain edges. As it was, this was an excercise in sanding and touching up. I wasn’t satisfied with the final finish, but my DIL doesn’t seem to mind.
-- "Life's nonsense pierces us with strange relation." Wallace Stevens