|Project by Roz||posted 08-27-2011 01:35 AM||2030 views||1 time favorited||7 comments|
This Cedar chest made of Eastern Red Cedar was my mother’s and also was the first furniture project I ever attempted. I was about 20 years old then.
The old chest has been to a lot of places with me but started life in a prison. I am told it was originally made by a man learning woodworking in prison after having stolen a car in the 1930’s. The country was suffering from through the Great Depression and he was trying to raise money to feed his children. In those days it was an embarrassment to have a family member in prison so the wife quickly sold this and four other pieces to a teenaged girl for $4.00 each. This piece is the only survivor and now it is headed to a new home with my niece, if she wants it.
I cleaned 30 years of grime of the original Tongue oil finish with lacquer thinner, gave the entire thing a coat of lemon oil and finished it off with a couple of good coats of finish wax.
I receintly read some discussion about using wax as a finnish. This old chest is a good example of how and where I might apply a wax finish.
I used Minwax Finish Wax for this one. The entire freshen up took about 3 hours.
I sometimes add a coat of Black Bison was to produce a higher sheen, but this time I did not think it was needed.
-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."