This is the final installment of our Guest Post from fellow woodworker, Jeremy Pringle.
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Thanks for sharing your project with us Jeremy!
After letting the shellac set and harder for a few days, I used some mineral oil and pumice to buff out the final coat.
I then used a cloth and some Conservator’s wax and applied a thin coat.
Then using a lamb wool pad I buffed the wax.
I think the final result was pretty good.
Here is the rest of the finished cabinet.
After completing each project, I like to look back and see if I had achieved the goals that I had made for myself before starting, and also if there are any things that I would do different if I were to do it again.
First off, my first and most ambitious goal was to only use hand tools.
Unfortunately I did come to a couple of situations where I did not have, or have access to, the correct hand tool so I had to use a few power tools.
Overall though, the vast majority of the work was done by hand, so I call it mostly a success.
Since doing this project, I have acquired quite a few more hand tools, and have rid myself of almost every power tool that I had.
I was also successful in getting all the curly maple pieces from my original stock.
I had almost no scrap at all.If I were to do this project again, I would add more drawers and a more complex drawer configuration layout.
I would also incorporate hidden compartments.
This is not my first spice cabinet.
My first one has 10 hidden compartments.
But for this one, I was so caught up in the wood, the tools and the design that by the time I remembered hidden stuff, it was too late.
A second thing that I think I would change, I would incorporate a large amount of marquetry.
I really enjoy marquetry and I can see myself going really deep into that rabbit hole.
Some other positives from this project.
I acquired a small bevel up smoothing plane (size of a #3) with a 50° blade and was able to use it for the final pass on all the finished surfaces.
That’s the only blade I have for that plane and I only use it with highly figured material.
To wrap up this project, I am very happy with my finished cabinet.
Thank you all for reading along with the build.