Walnut Linen Chest

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Project by Dexter1 posted 171 days ago 585 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This walnut linen chest was built from Carlyle Lynch plans with a few minor changes. It consists of an upper and lower case (two separate pieces). I liked the scale of the piece. It just looked right so I built two at one time which has it’s advantages. It’s actually a useful piece of furniture. My wife really likes it so I guess that’s good enough for me.

-- Rex, Bellefonte, PA

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#1 posted 171 days ago

wow thats really nice, wish I had room in the house to try a project like that. great job

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#2 posted 171 days ago

That is one beautiful cabinet!

-- Carl, Iowa

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#3 posted 171 days ago

Great piece of furniture, fantastic build. Got details on the construction: like how you made the tombstone raised panels? Really nice craftsmanship on this.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#4 posted 171 days ago

Again, just beautiful!

Care to tell us more about the finish?

-- Jim Maher, Illinois

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#5 posted 170 days ago

Well done.

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's opinion on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#6 posted 170 days ago

Nice piece !

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#7 posted 170 days ago

The finish. After assembly I wet the entire piece with water to raise the grain and knock it off with 320 Grit sandpaper. I then used Moser American Walnut water based dye (3 grams per quart of distilled water) and let dry. I sand lightly to remove dye residue only and get an even shade over the entire piece. The grain doesn’t raise the second time around. Then as taught by Lonnie Bird, I coat with Orange Shellac cut in half with solvent alcohol. This gives the piece an instant aged look. Light sanding then three rag applied applications of Sam Maloof’s recipe of 1/3 varnish, 1/3 Pure Tung Oil and 1/3 Boiled Linseed oil. After applying each coat, I let it set for 5 to 10 minutes and buff off the excess with rags and let dry before repeating. Throw the rags away immediately. They are combustible. I put several in a plastic bag and laid on my sidewalk in the sunlight several years ago as a test. In ten minutes they were burning. Finally, a applied a very light application of Renaissance Wax with 0000 steel wool.

-- Rex, Bellefonte, PA

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