Jewelry Armoire / Lingerie Chest #5: Highlights (part 4)

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Blog entry by Steve Erwin posted 07-18-2014 03:04 AM 2519 reads 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Sorry for the delay. It’s been a busy week.

For all the details, head on over to my woodworking blog . In the meantime… here’s the next set of progress images…

I finish assembling the drawers and fitting them to their bays. Not piston-fit, but as close as I’ve ever come.

I can’t stress how important it is to take your time at this step. Take super light passes off the sides of the drawers and keep retesting the fit to the point of insanity. As soon as you remove too much wood it’s too late and the drawer might have a tendency to jam. There’s a much smaller margin of error than I expected and I had to shim one or two drawer bays to try again.

I start the finishing process…takes about 4 days, but it’s totally worth it. The results are super consistent and look amazing. Highly recommended.

Pre-raise the grain, a crucial step

Drawer finish is complete.

The tape didn’t work as I intended. Some of the dye bled into the maple fibers. If anyone knows a better way to keep the sides of the drawer pristine, I’m all ears. I sanded them a little bit and the paste wax got rid of some, but on a few drawers you can still see the bleed and it annoys me. I’m willing to live with it on this project, but I’d like to know if there’s a better way. Glen Huey just uses his HVLP system and sprays the first 1” of the drawer sides with whatever finish he’s applying to the drawer fronts. I guess most people aren’t super fussy about their drawer sides. If I was just applying an oil finish it probably would have been fine.

In which I retain my title as The King of Broken Screws
This was on the very last brass hook, of course. I drilled out the broken screw, patched the hole and tried again. I’m getting super efficient at this.

I get clever and think up a super simple way to precisely locate the screw hole for this magnet catch

Okay, the next post is the grand finale. I took a bunch of photos tonight and need to get them off the camera. Stay tuned! :)

-- I've been creating problems to solve since I was born. -

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#1 posted 07-19-2014 01:49 AM

To keep the dye off the maple sides, you could have dyed the front before you glued the drawer together. The only problem you would have is with planing the sides. This could be solved by using a dye marker. Works well. Try to have your dry fit real close.
What are you using for a finish?
Thank You

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Steve Erwin

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#2 posted 07-19-2014 03:10 AM

I thought about prefinishing the drawer front before assembly, but I purposely left the sides proud so I could plane to fit and decided against it. In hindsight, I should have.

When I planed through the finish on the end grain of the drawer front, revealing bare wood, I could just carefully go in with dye on a paint brush to darken the end grain. It doesn’t really need the full decorative finish there, just needs to look close in approximation to the finish on the front of the drawer face.

If I had it to do over again, that’s what I would have done.

The finish is aniline dye + boiled linseed oil, sealed with a coat of shellac, then gel stain and 2 coats of satin poly. Full details of the finishing schedule can be found here and here

-- I've been creating problems to solve since I was born. -

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#3 posted 07-19-2014 01:31 PM

“Not piston-fit, but as close as I’ve ever come.” I hear that brother. Drawers always kick my butt.

Thanks for taking the time to blog this. I’ve learned some good stuff. Your website is very nice too.

-- "At the end of the day, try and make it beautiful....because the world is full of ugly." Konrad Sauer

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