Monday, October 13, 2014

Really Totally Finally Done


The tool chest is finally completely finished. Paint and all. I first padded shellac over the paint and leveled out some of the dust nibs and junk in the paint.  Then this weekend I laid out and painted all the banding. I decided to scratch the lines first and then fill it in with pigmented shellac. This made getting straight lines easy and also required less pigment than if I had to paint over all that burnt sienna and burnt umber. I used a piece of scrap wood as a straight edge and a small nail set to scratch the width of the line I needed.





After I painted all the yellow in my scratch lines, I proceed to layout 1/4" knife marks to alternate black and yellow. Then I filled in every other box with black pigmented shellac. An unintended benefit to scratching the banding in first is that once completed, the sheen of the grained portions differs from the banding. I think is looks a lot more convincing that way. It gives it a visual texture that paint alone can't achieve.



Remember the original 1814 chest of drawers I'm basing this paint scheme on?


Here's my take on that paint.

























Well that was a fun one. Now what?

10 comments:

  1. wow, this looks great. you really hit it.

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  2. Wow! This is SUCH a great piece Joshua. Really came out amazing. And I love the banding trick. I'm gonna have to think of something to build just to incorporate that in somewhere! And the black and yellow very much puts me in mind of my state flag. :-)

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  3. I'd say mission accomplished, Josh. Looks fantastic!

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  4. I really like the banding and how it highlights the rest of the tool chest. Did you do any modifications to the nail set? I can't see how a round tip would make such a nice groove.

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    1. Thanks, Ralph! No modifications. The roundness wasn't a problem. The groove wasn't pretty but it was good enough for painting over.

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  5. The banding is a beautiful finishing touch. It looks great!

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  6. And you received kudos from Christopher Schwarz on his Popular Woodworking blog: http://www.popularwoodworking.com/woodworking-blogs/chris-schwarz-blog/grain-painting-done-well-quite-well

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  7. beutiful chest Joshua! But I got to get over there and show you how to make a real chest bekcet.

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    1. Sounds good, Anonymous. I am not sure who you are but I am open to instruction!

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