|Project by Echofive||posted 09-04-2013 06:27 PM||1246 views||5 times favorited||9 comments|
I made this recipe box from 1/2” oak with 1/4” finger joints. This was my first attempt at finger joints and I quickly found they’re only as good as the jig. Overall I’m pleased with the outcome of the box. The finish is a distressing technique I learned on an auto show. Spray paint the whole thing black, let it dry, then wipe it down with acetone. The black stays only in the deep coarse grain. I used a Golden Honey stain to warm the wood back up. Prior to this the grain was raised and sanded to 220. 3 coats of shellac dried nicely, and after a light buffing with 4X steel wool, 3 coats of satin polyurethane laid down nice and smooth, with a light buffing between each coat. I used a brown paper bag and paste wax to rub this gem to a dull sheen. I didn’t want it glossy. I’m really pleased with the way this turned out considering every next move was a learning opportunity.
-- Chip, Virginia