Ebony stained Aspen Foot Locker

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Project by cracknpop posted 05-28-2017 01:21 AM 2700 views 6 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been making hope chests/foot lockers for my nieces and nephews graduation gifts. I try to match design elements to each of their individual tastes and personality. Luke is a musician and typically wears black shirts and/or hats. Therefore, his footlocker was destined to take on a black music equipment case theme.

The case is approximately 36” wide, 18” deep, and 16”tall. I used aspen as it is lighter in weight, straight and mostly void free, easy to work, and I happen to have a bunch of it on hand. Assembled with dovetail corners, sanded to 220, then brushed on 1# cut shellac as a sanding sealer. Hand sanded with 220. Stained with Ebony Varathane Premium Fast Dry Wood Stain (first time using this brand, very pleased with end result). Finished with spraying lacquer seal coat and satin top coats. Light sanding with 320 before final top coat resulted in very smooth final coat.

The corner trim pieces, handles, and lid lock were ordered from a music equipment company. I really like how the chrome contrasts with the color of the stained wood. Most importantly, Luke really likes it!!!!

Thanks for looking. As always, I really do appreciate your comments and suggestions as they help me continue to improve my skills.

-- Rick - I know I am not perfect, but I will keep pressing on toward the goal of becoming all I am called to be.

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#1 posted 05-28-2017 01:55 AM

That looks great bro. Black stain is unique.

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#2 posted 05-28-2017 01:58 AM

Looks great.

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#3 posted 05-28-2017 06:06 AM

Excellent work and thanks for your tip on the finishing process I’m going to try it on my next project.

-- Vince

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#5 posted 05-28-2017 11:44 AM

Very nice! You did a super job on this. I like the style and the hardware just sets it off.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#6 posted 05-28-2017 01:07 PM

This is a beautiful foot locker and is so nicely done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#7 posted 05-28-2017 01:16 PM

Wow, That is one nice footlocker, beautiful finish and maybe a brave move to try the black finish, the best part is its one of a kind never to be exactly duplicated. I am sure you are his favorite Uncle. LOL

-- Jack R. Ellis

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#8 posted 05-28-2017 01:23 PM

That aspen looks fantastic with your finishing schedule. All the elements really come together nicely.

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#9 posted 05-28-2017 02:50 PM

Great job!

-- You have to go on and be crazy. Craziness is like heaven - Jimi Hendrix

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#10 posted 05-28-2017 02:58 PM

man that is a great looking foot locker!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#11 posted 05-28-2017 04:36 PM

Great job! I like the trim/ stain contrast also.

-- Ron, Northern Illinois

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#12 posted 05-28-2017 06:47 PM

Very rich looking. Nice work

-- TommyD, New York

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#13 posted 05-28-2017 07:32 PM

That’s a great looking footlocker—I really like the finishing job you did! I’ll bet Luke will really appreciate his new footlocker!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#14 posted 05-28-2017 09:03 PM

Great idea for gift (s), I also appreciate the finishing steps. I may have to make one.

-- Petey

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#15 posted 05-28-2017 11:22 PM

Thank you all so much for your kind comments. Luke was very happy with it, therefore I am very happy with it.

-- Rick - I know I am not perfect, but I will keep pressing on toward the goal of becoming all I am called to be.

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