Can you believe I ran out of wood???? (Wood un-gloat!!!)

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Blog entry by matt garcia posted 11-09-2009 01:52 AM 9976 reads 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

While gloating in earlier blogs about my recent lumber scores, I failed to equally look out for secondary lumber!! I know there may be some that are laughing uncontrollably, saying “HA, all that walnut/curly maple, beeswing aniegre/purpleheart, and he can’t make drawers???” I know, me too!! I went through my ENTIRE scrap pile, and I may be able to make one drawer until next payday. See, I bought my mom her Christmas present Friday, so poplar wasn’t in the budget! The truth is, I got her a laptop, so she won’t cuss the evening news everytime they say “For more on this story, please log on to”. Anyway, here is my current project, in process. Enjoy!!!




I do have a question. Should I apply the Danish Oil to the interior of the case to match the outside? Does anyone have experience applying shellac to walnut with Danish oil applied? I really want to finish this in shellac. Thanks for any help you may offer!!!

Here is the top!!


-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#1 posted 11-09-2009 02:34 AM

Hey Matt, this is a great looking piece. I wona try something like this someday.

-- Mike, Bruce Mississippi = Jack of many trades master of none

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#2 posted 11-09-2009 02:47 AM

Lookin’ good, Matt!

-- Scott

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Scott Bryan

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#3 posted 11-09-2009 02:58 AM

Matt, I agree this is looking pretty good and, I were at this stage in a project and ran out of wood for the drawers I would be counting the days to payday. Interruptions like this when you are basically in the home stretch of a build are just plain irritating.

Do you need danish oil on the inside? It really is a matter of personal preference in my opinion. The inside should be sealed and if you just wanted to apply shellac that would work. The important thing is to seal all surfaces of the cabinet. But the danish largely affects the appearance of the wood by giving it a slightly darker tone. However, in the case of walnut it is fairly dark already so I am not sure that it will appreciably the final color of the wood. As always when finishing a project I always recommend making up a test piece that has been sanded to the same grit as the projet piece and which shows the contributions of each individual finishing step.

I have not used danish oil on walnut but have used it on oak, maple, and cherry and topcoated it with both shellac and polyurethane. But I have gotten away from using danish oil and tend to favor boiled linseed oil instead. I am not sure what brand you are using but they are fairly similar. Watco Danish oil, for instance, is largely mineral spirits and other similar solvents with linseed oil and vegetable oil thrown in as the penetrating oils. General Finishes danish oil is boiled linseed oil diluted with mineral spirits. Others add tung oil in addition to boiled linseed oil. Danish oil will provide little surface protection and will serve to darken or “tone” the wood.

You can apply a topcoat of shellac over the danish oil once it cures without any problem.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#4 posted 11-09-2009 03:00 AM

Wow Matt! Looks great. You are skilled indeed. I love the feet and the top.

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#5 posted 11-09-2009 03:09 AM

Really very nice piece,
you’re saying you run out of lumber? ok, haul it over to my shop and I’ll strive to find the lumber for that…!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#6 posted 11-09-2009 07:17 AM

I don’t have any poplar… is that a really good wood for drawers… I use Hoop Pine… aracaria cunninghamii…
Makes a nice contrast for the dovetails in the drawer fronts.
i like the way you did the top could you post a close up of the top… is that finger jointed to the sides with a border..??? can’t quite tell.. Nice feet BTW.

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#7 posted 11-09-2009 02:17 PM


I’m a bit closer than Kuala Lumpur. Haul that thing up here and I’ll spot you the poplar till payday. Heck, I’d even let you use my shop to finish it off.

Nice job. Can’t wait to see it after next payday.

-- Chuck Bender, period furniture maker, woodworking instructor

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#8 posted 11-09-2009 08:37 PM

Thanks everyone!!
Larry, poplar is the 1st choice in drawer innards due to it’s inexpense, and strength. The top is dovetailed into the side boards, then wrapped in a decorative frame!

Chuck, I wish we lived closer, I love building these things!! It’s so much fun!!

I can’t believe no one jabbed me in the ribs!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#9 posted 11-09-2009 08:45 PM

What do you think I want you tome come to PA for? It isn’t so I can give away poplar…I haven’t had anyone in the shop lately to jab in the ribs!

-- Chuck Bender, period furniture maker, woodworking instructor

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#10 posted 11-09-2009 10:27 PM

I can”t wait to see the finished product , Matt ! Is that the w i d e Walnut that you got from Rockler ?

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#11 posted 11-10-2009 01:02 AM

Yeah, that is the board! I only had about 1” left after rough cutting, then jointing, and tablesawing to get it to 15.1/2”

I guess Glen left, and now it’s my turn?? At least you didn’t say “You know, you could use that Period Purpleheart on those drawer innards!!” I better keep quiet about the Leigh Dovetail jig….........oops!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#12 posted 11-10-2009 01:07 AM

Hey Matt
Coming along great bummer about the secondary wood. I’m not a fan of danish oil or blo but I would put a coat of clear coat inside .Very nice offer Chuck.

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#13 posted 11-10-2009 02:02 AM

I’ve always understood that you should finish all sides of the wood, for the reason that if you don’t, seasonal changes may have more of an effect on the unfinished part and cause uneven stress in the wood. Beyond that, I’m just so anal that if I took out a drawer it would annoy me to no end that the finish stops where it does in your pictures :)

Looks great though, can’t wait to see the finished project.

-- The difference between being defeated and admitting defeat is what makes all the difference in the world - Upton Sinclair, "The Jungle"

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#14 posted 11-12-2009 01:17 PM


It’s a little cold but the hammock is still up.

-- Chuck Bender, period furniture maker, woodworking instructor

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#15 posted 11-17-2009 05:52 AM

very nice matt, cant wait to see the drawers done

-- David - Houston, Texas. (

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