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Shop Notes #15: Four Done, Three . . . for Later

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Blog entry by Steve posted 04-03-2018 03:59 PM 354 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The weather cleared last week, and I was pleased to be able to field four completed cabinets at the spring opening of a local winery. Sales weren’t terribly brisk, but March is normally completely dead. Any sales at all are an improvement.

Of the cabinets I completed, three were in walnut, the other in sapele. I finished this first cabinet in amber shellac.

I have a lot to learn yet about this finish, I’ve looked at a few videos for guidance, and they tend to show an application on a large, flat surface. Working around corners and elements like my jewelry organizer adds a level of difficulty. I found it particularly hard to do any meaningful sanding on the turned necklace hangers between coats, so they came out rougher than I would have liked.

I also used amber shellac on the sapele version, too. The color plus the straight grain made for a very formal looking piece.

On the walnut cabinets, the box joints disappeared in the finishing process. I liked the way they stood out here.

I’m a fan of glossy, high-sheen finishes, but I know not everyone feels that way, so I finished one walnut cabinet in a satin polyurethane. I put the poly on the wood directly. Normally, I’d start with a Danish oil or something to enhance the color. After the first coat, I wished I’d done that, as this was a little too light for my liking.

The last cabinet was again in shellac, though with less amber in the mix. No room for earrings in this one, and you can imagine the frustration of trying to sand all those little turned elements. Next time, I’ll pre-finish these.

Even with slow sales, it was hard to complain about spending a spring afternoon in the vineyard.

-- ~Steve



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Mainiac Matt

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#1 posted 04-03-2018 05:22 PM

Nice looking cabs… your joinery is clean and tight.

-- It’s the knowledge in your head, skill in your hands and motivation to create in you heart that makes you a woodworker. - Mainiac Matt

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#2 posted 04-03-2018 10:17 PM

Very nice looking. I think the finish turned out great. The amber shellac on the sapele looks rich.

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#3 posted 04-04-2018 07:36 AM

Great projects!!!

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