Monthly Archives: April 2010

Thomas Walnut Dresser: Done and Delivered!

Yesterday I had a great day with my little shop helper at the Shrine Circus. After the day was done and the shop helper was sound asleep, I hit the shop. After a long night last night and a few hours today, the dresser is done and delivered.

Here’s what’s happened in the last 48 hours:

  • Two coats of Minwax Wipe-On Poly
  • One coat of paste wax
  • Bottom legs installed
  • Knobs installed

The Original Plan

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Pictures of the Final Project

Remember the original design below, one change was to make the drawer dividers come all the way to the face.

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Here’s the final with the pulls installed. I like pulls the customer selected and the positioning.

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Check out the grain, and here you can see the base.

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Another front shot.

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From the side you can see the cool patterns on the front.

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Another side shot.

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From the right side.

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From the right side, down along the top. Flat and waxed, looks good.

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Here’s the back you can see the bases from behind. This piece could be in the middle of the room and the back would look nice.

Celebration

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Now that this project is done, this Bakon Vodka Bloody Mary is my celebration. Wednesday night I’ll clean up the shop, it’s a bit messy after the last few intense days. Next Sunday I’ll start the next project, a saltwater fish tank stand out of maple for GAKMAN. I’ll do a post in a few days about things I learned on this build.

Thomas Walnut Dresser: The Build is Complete! Now on to finishing…

I am excited to announce that the build portion of the Thomas Walnut Dresser is complete! Tonight I trimmed and fitted the last four drawers and sanded the entire piece to 320p grit. The entire piece has been wiped down with mineral spirits and tomorrow finishing will begin. This has been a long, fun, educational process for me and I’m excited to get this delivered as soon as possible. Pictures below!

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Here’s the front of the dresser, with continuous grain across the whole piece, left-to-right and top-to-bottom. The splotchy look is because it’s partially wet with mineral spirits.

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Here are the bases, wet with mineral spirits. I think they’ll look good underneath!

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Left side, looking down the front. That grain pattern reminds me of the trees in the Wizard of Oz (see below) and remember, the sides match!

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So tomorrow it’s sanding, applying shellac, and then wipe-on varnish.

Thomas Walnut Dresser: Drawer faces trimmed, installed, and first coat of Shellac

Two hours in the shop tonight and things went well. Half the drawers are now trimmed with solid walnut edge banding, installed on their drawer boxes, and they’ve been sanded and had two coats of Shellac applied. I don’t mix my own Shellac, I just buy quarts of Bulls-Eye Seal Coat, which is a dewaxed shellac that is ready to apply right out of the can. I wipe it on with clean cotton rags, and I wear gloves during the application. Dewaxed Shellac is best because the wipe-on varnish won’t have any problems adhering to it. Shellac is a resin excreted by the female Lac bug. It dissolves in alcohol and dries quickly. it is used to coat candy including skittles and jelly beans, and coat medicines for slow release. How’s that for safe and organic?

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Here you can see the top row and notice the continuous grain. That’s really going to look great.

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Check it out when the drawers are pushed in. Nice tight fit!

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Here’s a detail of the trimmed out face. The solid walnut edge banding looks good and is easy to apply.

This really makes me feel like I’m getting close to the finish line. My only concern now is having enough time for the finish to cure before delivery. I know I can get the other drawer faces trimmed and installed tomorrow. After that it’s just sanding and finishing.