|Project by Kenshu||posted 12-19-2011 12:00 AM||1546 views||5 times favorited||7 comments|
This chest was based upon the chest in American Woodworker issue 149 but with some Greene & Greene inspired modifications. The chest is made from solid cherry with oak straps. After pricing ebony I decided to use oak plugs and accents and “ebonize” them using india ink. Since the india ink is water based I raised the grain on the plugs and accent pieces then sanded down prior to applying the ink.
This is a gift for a friend snd I wanted it to have the rich look of older cherry so I raised the grain, sanded to 220, and washed it with a weak solution of lye and water. I had never tried this and was amazed at how quickly the color came out. I finished it with 5 coats of General Finishes Arm R Seal semi-gloss using 0000 steel wool between coats. The final coat was gone over using 0000 and paste wax.
This chest is far from perfect but I am very happy with how it turned it out. The jointery really challenged me and I am sure a bandsaw would have made this much easier than my jigsaw.
Some things I learned from this project –
SHARP chisels are a godsend
Pipe bending works very well for the straps but make sure the straps are less than 1/4” (Mine are about 1/8”)
If using a lye wash apply prior to assembly, its almost impossible to get it into every nook and crany once its assembled.
Dont cut the mortises for the hinges until after the straps are in place. I did that first and the straps were located about half on half off the hinge. Doesnt cause a problem with their affectiveness but doesnt look quite right.
As always I welcome comments and critiques. I have learned a lot from the people on this site and some of the best advice comes from critiquing a piece.
-- The second mouse gets the cheese.