Again with the Dutch tool chest... #4: Paint it black

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Blog entry by Fraxinus posted 09-24-2016 07:13 AM 1367 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I decided to do a rabbet all around the edge of the lid, matching the rabbet on the fall front (3/4” wide). Used my Stanley 78. It went pretty well, though did get a bit of tear out on one of the breadboards. Dealing with the crossgrain orientation of the panel and the breadboards is a bit challenging when it comes to planing and sanding. Need to figure that one out.

After that it was time to paint. Yay! Been looking forward to that for a while. I decided on milk paint when I first started the project, but I went back and forth on what color. At first I thought I’d use Lexington green, then black, then green, then maybe soldier blue.

This morning I said screw it and decided on black. Didn’t want to be too much of a copycat of Schwarz, but c’est la vie. I like the look, plus I think it’ll help hide some of the many flaws.

I’ve only used milk paint on a couple test pieces, so don’t have much experience with it. I think I mixed it a bit thick, but it went on fine.

After the first coat:

I put two coats on it this evening, using a green pad to “sand” between the coats. I really like how it looked after hitting it with the green pad, evened everything out. I had planned on putting a couple coats of boiled linseed oil on it, but I’m liking the flat black look.

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