Spindle Sander Cabinet

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Project by kbiniowa posted 06-15-2011 06:04 AM 3773 views 19 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this cabinet in November 0f 2010. The carcass is made of oak plywood. The drawer fronts are red oak.

This was fun in that I ebonized the wood.

I took 0000 steel wool, put ii in a pickle jar and filled the jar with white vinegar. Holes were punched in the jar and the potion was allowed to sit outside for 14 days. The steel wool dissolves and the solution becomes “iron paint”. I strained the solution through cheese cloth, and then coffee filters.

I purchased some powdered tannin and made a water and tannin solution.

I put some water on the drawer fronts to raise the grain and then sanded with 150 grit paper.

The drawer fronts were then painted with the tannin solution, set for 15 minutes wiped down and allowed to dry.

The “iron water” was painted on, allowed to set for 15 minutes, and wiped off,

One more application of tannin solution.

I then put on 2 coats of a wipe on Polyurethane.

I think that this is a neat/fun look.

-- Keith - Iowa

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#1 posted 06-15-2011 06:40 AM

wow, this is a beautiful cabinet! Too nice just for your spindle sander!

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#2 posted 06-15-2011 10:40 AM

I love the color on your drawers in contrast to the body! I may have to try this to make a dresser and nightstand for my new bedroom. Got to get back to building the house before I can make furniture though!

-- -Kim, Peyton, CO

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#3 posted 06-15-2011 01:32 PM

very nice. the dovetails look great with the light/dark combo

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#4 posted 06-15-2011 01:39 PM

First of all WELCOME TO LUMBERJOCKS!!!!!!!!!

That is a really nice cabinet to support your spindle sander. All the tools and drums can be stored close by. Thanks for the tutorial on making ebonizing solution. That came out looking great!! I love the contrast on the drawer fronts including the dovetails. I’m going to save this for future use. Thanks for sharing!!

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

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#5 posted 06-15-2011 03:06 PM

Cool trick! I also be in Iowa!

-- Dave

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#6 posted 06-15-2011 04:08 PM

Great looking cabinet! The color on the drawer fronts really shows off the grain – well done!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#7 posted 06-15-2011 04:37 PM

Sweet !!!

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#8 posted 10-07-2011 07:08 PM

Nice contrast. Is the tannin solution required for this process or can it be skipped?

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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