March break. On the one hand it seemed to last forever and on the other- the wink of an eye. Mine ended with an ears, throat and nose bug to battle, but I’m back on the mend and have some more video edited for you.
The Cabinetmaker’s Toolchest, part nine. This video begins with a healthy rub of oil/varnish on all of the interior carcase panels. Someone commented on YouTube that they were looking forward to the finish and I’m sorry to disappoint. Finishing isn’t a climax at the end of the project but more, a slow and steady build-up as I near the finish line. No bells or whistles but a good dose of elbow grease and a natural shine.
Tried and True is applied prior to the glue up. It’s so much easier to do this before the panels, along with their dovetailed corners are forever fixed. The thing with Tried and True is you apply a thin coat, wait an hour and wipe off the excess. A hard rub between coats will build up a sheen and from there it’s time for glue.
Old Brown Glue- my favorite liquid hide glue is used on this type of joinery for the longer ‘open’ or ‘working’ time. The main carcase is assembled and after a good day to rest, the dovetails are planed flush. I used my small bevel-up smoother from Veritas. It’s basically an over sized block plane and ideal for trimming dovetails as it’s mostly end grain I’m removing.
From here it’ll be on to dimensioning the handle stock….some nice quarter sawn cherry I’ve been waiting to use.
’till next time~
Here are some links to a few of the products used in this video: