Building a Dr. White's Chest #12: Applying Finish

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Blog entry by DustyMark posted 08-09-2013 12:58 AM 1989 reads 2 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Final Blog Series Video
Watch this video to view my finishing techniques on the Dr. White’s chest. This has been a fun project to build. I took my time through the finishing process since I no longer had a deadline. I’m pleased with the way the finish turned out and as I type this, Mary is loading her clothes into the chest.

Finish Choices

I used shellac on most of the interior surfaces. It’s easy to apply and goes relatively odor free quickly. I applied three coats to the interior cupboard and the drawer surfaces. The lower interior of the case received two coats.

I applied three coats of poly/oil finish to the exterior of the case. I like the way the oil brings out the grain and the cherry will turn many shades darker with exposure to UV light. I also applied a coat of oil/wax to the exterior.

I have a buffer now, so I applied a liberal coat of paste wax, let it dry, and buffed it out. Those surfaces have a silky smooth feel and the luster is almost more than I expected. I might try a little less wax next time!

Final Thoughts
This project started out as a wedding gift for my daughter. However, part way through I realized she might want her mom’s wardrobe instead. Her mom passed away four years ago and my daughter chose to receive her wardrobe instead. That was win-win since my new wife now receives the wardrobe she helped build. Thanks for following this blog. I hope it was helpful to you. Dusty Mark

-- Mark, Minnesota

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