Blanket Chest Project #16: Varnish, and some handles...almost done..

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 11-25-2020 04:25 AM 491 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Monday night, got bored…..decided to brush on the first coat of varnish…..wound up with a sore back…...rather than set the chest up on something…I left it sitting on the floor….varnished the underside of the main lid…and then closed the lid…...Then worked my way around all 4 sides…..and the top of the lid….and let that sit overnight….

Tuesday morning, figured I could check on the varnish, to see how it turned out…..lid was stuck…..gave it a light smack to raise it up….and let things air out inside…

While waiting on the varnish Monday night….I worked on the handles a bit….they have those fake screw heads….so, when I drilled holes for real screws….I wiped out the fake ones….grinder to remove the burrs…and a touch-up with some black spray paint….let those dry along with the varnish…..was a bit smelly in the shop….left the shop fan run all night…

Tuesday….set up some tools to install the 2 handles…

Thought about use the Yankee push drill….was hard to see any markings, where to drill the pilot holes….went with the Cordless drill, and that VIX bit. used the MK 1 Eyeball to center the handles….drill a pilot hole while holding the handle in place….and drive a screw….repeat for the other screw. Screws had been shortened way down,,,original length screw is sitting there….Grinder to shorten, and grind a new point,,,

Shiny lid…..Once the lid popped open..

I can see where a few things needed to be fixed….seems the white spots/streaks will need a little re-do. Like back to bare, glue-free wood….restained, and varnished….

Already looking like an Antique? Intend to sand things to 320 grit…wipe things down, and brush on coat #2

IF that turns out nicely enough…I’ll post as a Project….while I find a place to hide this, until Christmas…

Thanks for looking in ( going back to making small boxes after this project…)

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#1 posted 11-25-2020 04:33 AM

Looking good, Bandit. Glad I’ve got a ton of screws of different lengths on hand already. Shortening screws doesn’t sound like great fun to me.

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#2 posted 11-25-2020 12:52 PM

Beautiful chest Bandit.
I’ve enjoyed watching the progress on this and the finish on this one is sweet!
Excellent hand work. What kind of varnish did you use?

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#3 posted 11-25-2020 02:28 PM

Just Minwax Clear Gloss Poly.

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#4 posted 11-27-2020 08:17 PM

There was a couple spots, that shone up like neon lights….apparently some glue spots….so..dremel to dig in to remove the spots…..and then sand the entire case to 320 grit….wipe down. Add a coat of stain as a “glaze”...allow to sit a bit ( while I got one can closed up, another opened up..) then, with that same brush…gave everything a second coat of Clear Gloss Poly….
As for the white stripes?

And after…

the before..

And..the after…

There WAS another such spot to be fixed..

Top of the top rail, left of the handle…..had a break-out from a hinge install….got it glued back into place….stain didn’t like the dried glue…..back to bare wood like the rest of the spots.

Nail on furniture glides have been installed, entire chest has been rubbed down…..big, soft rag, clamped to the palm sander….and ran around….

Need to get a bit of help…a bit too heavy for me alone to carry upstairs…..need to find a spot for some good pictures…

Thanks for looking in!

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