Roll Around Tool Cabinet #26: Finish Coats Completed

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Blog entry by HappyHowie posted 03-12-2017 10:44 PM 1173 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Even though it may be possible for the wood on this cabinet to soak up more coats of lacquer, I sprayed my last coat this afternoon. Anything else I might do will be to buff on coats of Staples dark brown paste wax. That should give this cabinet a nice look and feel.

Tomorrow I will begin mounting the seven drawers in this cabinet. I will start with the top drawer by using two plywood panels to set its height and to hold the drawer and slide in place while I screw on the metal slide parts. After the first top drawer is fastened, then I will cut the panel to the next length needed to fastened the next row of drawers below it, and so on…

I like the color of this cabinet from the TransTint dye mix I made starting from Charles Neil’s original recipe for Red Cherry Mahogany. I added more distilled water and some green only to make the mix a bit more brown. Mixing green with the existing tone of red opened up a whole new world to me concerning the color wheel. I was aware of how two colors could make a third and such, but this real example impacted me more than any other book learning that I had done I have made a small investment in watercolor supplies so I an explore this subject more. Thank you Charles for your selfless help.

The plan I have been following to build this tool cabinet had recommended to paint the maple plus Baltic Birch plywood and poplar hardwood. The photograph taken of the finished project looked great. I had every intention of painting this cabinet in a similar fashion. However, in my studies I began to learn about dyes from Charles Neil’s woodworking instruction. I bought his online book Custom Colors. I got my first chance to use dyes when I volunteered to refinish my neighbor’s coffee table. That led me to consider using dye on this cabinet. Giving this shop cabinet a look of mahogany transforms it from looking like a shop cabinet to a fine furniture piece that looks like the dresser I use in my master bedroom. If I hadn’t put a caster base on this cabinet it could fit into the furniture I have in my bedroom.

Oh, well. Why not experiment with finishes when making shop cabinetry?

This whole project has been a series of new firsts for me: my first frame and panel project, my first time using router jigs for loose tenon joinery, first real time using dyes for coloring my personal projects. I have made drawers before but these seven drawers I believe are the best ones I have made to date. They are very sturdy, strong with a great looking sapele false drawer front that I re-sawed from a great 8/4 rough sawn sapele plank.

Hopefully, I will continue to get better at what I do in woodworking. Isn’t that the real goal: continuous improvement?

-- --- Happy Howie

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#1 posted 03-12-2017 11:24 PM

Now the “other” is going to want it! So you will have to build another for you!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#2 posted 03-13-2017 01:40 AM

With the warmer weather I have opened my garage door. I do not need to heat my shop these days. My neighbors are stopping by to see what I am up to… Their project requests may be interesting but so far my family member’s desires have come first. My Ann reminds me how long it has been since she requested a new dining table. What’s wrong with the farmhouse looking table we have owned for 25 years? I love that table. Why doesn’t she love it like i do? Oh…

I am running out of excuses for that “other” project, aren’t I?

I am probably wrong to think I could start and complete another shop project ahead of Ann’s dining table, right? That floor drill press cabinet on rollers I have been sketching out in my head will most likely have to wait, won’t it?

So it goes…

It’s all fun, but I can only work on one project at a time… Okay, what’s next? Let’s estimate the board feet and cost of the rough sawn lumber. Hardware? Let’s get a tally… I need a plan to give to the boss…

-- --- Happy Howie

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#3 posted 03-13-2017 01:42 PM

Happy Howie, this has been a great build, I have been following your blog. You do an excellent job with explaining your work as you go. Keep them coming.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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