|Forum topic by Steve Diogo||posted 01-21-2014 06:41 PM||1534 views||0 times favorited||9 replies|
01-21-2014 06:41 PM
As my first “real” project, I’m building a Dutch tool chest, a la Christopher Schwarz. As you can see from the pics, the parts are complete and I’m ready for assembly and finishing (and I still have to build the tool holders and dividers inside.
Pretty psyched to have gotten this far, especially since I did it 95% with hand tools. I couldn’t figure out how to rip the 30 degree angle on the front and back of the top with a handsaw, so I broke down and used my circ saw for that. Also didn’t have the tools to pull off the tongue and groove for the breadboard, so I used a doweling jig and power drill. Otherwise… all by hand, including the dovetailed bottom and dados for the shelf.
So… looking for advice, votes on how to finish it. “Historically accurate” black/blue milk paint, as Schwarz did, or stain? It’s home center pine, except for the breadboard ends, which are cedar. (odd choice, I know… but it’s what I had handy, and frankly I really didn’t expect it to work out and didnt’ want to waste good wood. The lock mechanism on the inside of the panel is a nice little piece of mahogany I had in the scrap pile.
Going to finish the inside with boiled linseed oil. What do you think about the outside?
Here’s the Woodwright Shop episode I learned about the chest.