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69BBNova

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663 days ago

This trunk was actually never supposed to be, it started as just a box (sides, bottom, top) just to get rid of wood under my bed…

Unfortunetly ever time I was almost finished I’d look at the wood scraps and just kept adding to it…

Wherein lies the problem, the top, front and rear banding is red oak, the front and rear panels are red oak plywood the sides are a combination of that edge glued stuff from lowes (main panels), and the banding is God knows what, and the verticals are hardwood something (wish I could be more specific)...

I’ve considered oak veneer, I have some 4” wide iron on from lowes but its made from two 2” strips and I’m not too crazy about that plus I’m afraid it will loosen up over time…

I will be able to resaw in another day or two but I’m actually still scared it will free up over time.

I have read about various ways to bond the veneer but I’ve never done it before, I’d like to give it to my niece and shes going to be on this Earth far longer than I.


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pintodeluxe

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#1 posted 663 days ago

If you want a consistent look, I would paint it.
I don’t know of a stain that will mask the color of those disparate wood types.
Darker stains usually hide more, but they won’t hide everything.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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69BBNova

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#2 posted 663 days ago

I’ve also considered using oak veneer on the main side panels then using India Ink to darken up what I dont want to see…

She knows it will be hers (also knows about the nature of it), she intends to put in her and boyfriends tools in it, otherwise I would never give it to anyone.

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dhazelton

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#3 posted 663 days ago

Why not leave as it is – a crazy quilt of a trunk. Could even store a crazy quilt in it. Celebrate what it is and don’t make your life any more complicated.

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David Craig

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#4 posted 663 days ago

Personally, I would skip the veneering. The time to do that would have been during the boxes construction stage. It is what it is and your niece already knows the history. The chest was created in fragments, out of scraps, which has its own charm. Any attempts to cover its history will not look good, I can almost guarantee it. It is going to be used as a tool chest, it should serve well as that and it is a good reminder that some creations can be spontaneous and free.

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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a1Jim

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#5 posted 663 days ago

I tend to agree with David …. but if you feel you just must try some kind of veneering you could get some oak door skins trim them to size and apply some contact cement to both sides and apply them,this is not in a true sense real veneering but kitchen remodelers reface cabinets like this all the time.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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bondogaposis

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#6 posted 663 days ago

I’d go with paint.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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69BBNova

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#7 posted 663 days ago

Leaving it alone may be the best idea, I havent gone further because I felt no matter what I tried it would have looked far worse than what it is…

I did think of paint, but over the years I’ve grown to dislike it for wood…

Thanks for the advise…

At least I dont think it will fall apart (I hope), it has 105 dowels, 50 screws and Titebond

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Earlextech

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#8 posted 662 days ago

Paint to hide the variation or clear coat to accentuate it.

-- Sam Hamory - The project is never finished until its "finished"!

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Cosmicsniper

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#9 posted 662 days ago

I think milk paint would look good.

-- jay, www.allaboutastro.com

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69BBNova

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#10 posted 662 days ago

I was planning on applying a poly clear coat, I didnt think it would help enough…

Didnt even consider testing if it would help.

I have to ask…what exactly is milk paint?

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David Craig

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#11 posted 662 days ago

Milk paint is a lime based or real milk water based finish. You can buy packages and mix it yourself. It is used to give some items, like your trunk, an antiquated look. You can cackle it to look like aged paint and use two colors to give it an interesting look. Basically, one dark color as a base and a lighter color that you partially wipe off so it looks like the piece is getting old and the topcoat is getting a bit worn. There are many online how-tos on the topic. It probably would look good on your trunk.

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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69BBNova

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#12 posted 662 days ago

Thanks Cosmic for the idea.

And Thank You David for the additional info…

I’ll look into it, I just hope its look is nothing like modern finishes.

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Cosmicsniper

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#13 posted 662 days ago

Think Quaker with regard to milk paint.

-- jay, www.allaboutastro.com

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ADHDan

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#14 posted 662 days ago

If you REALLY want to accentuate the wood differences maybe you could use different stains for different sections, taping off as you go to make crisp delineations? I don’t know if the stain would bleed through under the tape though. If that wouldn’t word, I agree with a clear coat to accentuate, or paint to hide differences.

-- Dan in Minneapolis, woodworking since 11/11.

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#15 posted 662 days ago

If your game I have an idea, as most know I developed a blotch control that also seems to help alot in having various wood accept a dye or stain evenly, this looks like a prime candiate to test it to the Max, I am willing to send the BC as well as some dyes, to see what we can get this thing to look like, you game, My treat all the way

If so we will figure out what some coloring you would like and go from there,

Nothing Ventured Nothing Gained, will be out until Monday so replies may be slow until then just FYI

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