Captains log: Star date: November 18th, 22:00 Hours, Jewish Standard Time
Subject: Chai-boy project progress
Orders have been issued: Commence waxing! What?! Waxing before assembly has even begun?! Are you nuts?!
Now that I think about it, I don’t respond well to someone giving me orders. I don’t think the military would keep me very long. I ask too many questions and question authority at every turn. So why is it that I am a very ordered (almost OCD) personality type? How in the world can I be artistic? Once I know and understand the rules, then I can derive freedom by understanding my boundaries.
So why am I applying finish and waxing before even putting the project together? Simple, I have big hands. Big hands can’t fit well in the tight confines of the drawer compartments. Therefore, I put on multiple coats of shellac on the inside of the carcass, let it dry, knocked it down with 320 grit sandpaper, and then hit it with a couple of coats of Renaissance wax. I need the sides to be really smooth, especially the drawer runners. I might even run a piece of paraffin wax over the runners before the final drawer installation.
Next, I need to sand down the drawer “shelves” and get a couple of coats of shellac on them before they get glued into the carcass.
Order of operations is everything to this project. For someone who dislikes taking orders, I live by order of operations. Even as an Orthodox Jew, I live by an order of operations in regard to my daily life; starting from the moment I open my eyes in the morning and the last thing I say before going to sleep. Now that I think about, my life might be laid out like train tracks, but that doesn’t mean I can’t be like the “Soul Train.” Gosh, I can only hope you know what I mean.
Back on topic; order of operations. For example, I want a uniform color for all the walnut. There are a couple of pieces that are naturally lighter in color, so I am going to dye all the walnut pieces before assembly. The walnut will be glued next to maple, so I can’t risk getting a dark walnut dye on the light maple. I have already sanded and dyed the walnut legs, and with the inside of the carcass finished and waxed, I can glue up the legs to the sides. If there is any glue squeeze out in the inside, the wax will make it easy to remove.
BUT, here is another dilemma. I saw an episode of the New Yankee Workshop where he made a large walnut table. To finish the table, he first applied a boiled linseed oil finish, (which I will do too). Then he put down multiple thin coats of an amber shellac. What a good idea to enhance the walnut color! BUT! There’s always a “but” isn’t there? I don’t want amber shellac on the light colored maple. So should I shellac the legs and other walnut parts before I assemble? Maybe apply a copy of coats of amber, assemble, and then apply clear shellac over the rest of the project? Back to rolling around ideas
Suggestions anyone? And what is your favorite finishing wax?