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Project by swampjack80 posted 1180 days ago 1184 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a 5 drawer chest-of-drawer I built for a customer. It broke my heart when she told me she wanted the red oak I’d worked so hard on painted black! I knew I couldn’t bring myself to completely cover the beautiful oak grain, so I thinned the paint half and half. This worked just as I’d hoped, allowing the grain to show through the paint, giving it a stained look. This was also my first go at using my new porter-cable dovetail jig. The jig sure makes life easier in the dovetail department. almost felt like I was cheating. The case is red oak and the drawers are poplar, and I finished the black off with a couple coats of satin poly. Hope you like!

-- "I believe that our Heavenly Father invented man because he was disappointed in the monkey." - Mark Twain





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dakremer

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#1 posted 1180 days ago

What kind of paint did you use? And what did you thin it with!? It looks ebonized!! Very cool

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#2 posted 1180 days ago

I just used gloss rustoleum black paint. Thinned it half/half with mineral spirits. I tried ebony stain on some scraps and learned that red oak will absolutely not turn black. After a few other trial and errors I turned to paint. It worked well. I applied it with a rag just like stain, which gave it a distressed look. I was very reluctant to put paint on this thing, but I was very pleased with the outcome.

-- "I believe that our Heavenly Father invented man because he was disappointed in the monkey." - Mark Twain

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dakremer

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#3 posted 1180 days ago

Very cool. I will have to keep this in mind when I build my brother’s picture frames. He wants an ebonized look. Just like what u have done. I may try and go this route instead of stain. Thanks a lot!

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#4 posted 1180 days ago

Hello. Very nice chest

-- Elhan, Azerbaijan

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#5 posted 1180 days ago

Any before paint pictures?

-- Router รจ ancora il mio nome.

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#6 posted 1180 days ago

great job

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