This weekend I was able to complete the finish on the box. The finishing schedule:
2 coats of 50/50 mix of BLO and mineral spirits.
After that was dry, a quick sanding with 600 grit to knock down the grain and fuzz.
2 coats of garnet shellac thinned to about a 1 1/2 - 2 lb cut and brushed on.
Another quick sanding with 600 grit level and smooth.
2 more coats of garnet shellac, same cut, again brushed on.
Final sanding with 1000 grit this time, very lightly, just knocking off any nibs or fuzz and light leveling.
2 final coats of shellac, same cut, brushed on.
Some buffing with 0000 fine steel wool and mineral oil as a lubricant.
Finally the last coat is just some Johnson paste wax rubbed out.
Overall I am VERY pleased with this project. It has some flaws, yes. But I have learned to just identify them as character. I will do my best not to point any of these flaws to anyone who sees this box in person. haha.
Nice shot of the top.
My wife wanted a picture with some of the drawers pulled out.
I'll do one more post on this project after I get all the doo-dads installed. Not sure when I will get to give this box to its intended recipient, but I hope it is soon. The longer this thing stays in my house, the higher the chances of it never going anywhere...haha. My wife wants to keep it for herself. I have promised to make her one some day, maybe a much bigger one that is free standing. Maybe I can put my big boy pants on and try some cabriole legs for that.
Next up? Big stuff is in the works for this summer. I have a BIG BIG project coming up in July that I can't wait for. Excited is an understatement! I don't want to say too much, as I intend to do a separate blog post(s) about that. But to get ready for that project, I need to reconfigure my shop. So my next project(s) will be some much needed shop upgrades and some re-configuring. So stay tuned for that!
I just want to say thanks so much to everyone who has read along and expressed interest in this project. I had so much fun with this one and I am glad I decided to share the journey. Take care!