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  • #59293
    Chris Bunney
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    Hi all,

    I’ve just finished my adaptation of Paul’s toolbox (it’s going to be a knitting box for my partner!)

    I’ve made it in redwood pine and am wondering what finish to apply. Previously I have used a few coats of clear shellac and a clear wax polish. However, I was wondering what other people use. Is it worth using a coloured shellac? I dont really want to paint it as I want the dove tails to be a feature (they turned out well!)

    Any advice would be appreciated.
    Chris

    Box1

    Box2

    Chris - Exeter, UK

    #59295
    David Gill
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    Thats a great looking box Chris , you should be in for some nice jumpers.
    I have used the clear shellac and wax on any red wood pine projects I have made and it works fine, I am sure you will get other suggestions from the more experienced guys, Greg has several projects that he has finished with Milk paint I think you can still see the joints through the paint but not sure

    Wigan, Lancs. England :

    #59329
    Chris Bunney
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    Thanks David. I do like the simple shellac finish. I might have a look into the the milk paints too though.

    Cheers

    Chris - Exeter, UK

    #59491
    Chris Bunney
    Participant

    I think I will go for a shellac and wax finish. I would like to add a little bit of tint to the light colored pine though. Is it better to use clear shellac and a tinted wax or a tinted shellac and a clear wax?

    Thanks!

    Chris - Exeter, UK

    #59492
    ken1776
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    Clear shellac and a clear wax for me Chris, I’m not one for tinting, staining, or painting wood. I like to keep it as natural as I can.
    Each to there own though buddy, nice looking box, nice job. 😉

    #59520

    Chris, If you do want to add a little color aka stain, use a thick wiping stain. It will not blotch like a thin stain or dye. If you want even less color, you can 1st coat with a wash (thin) coat of shellac, lightly sand then add the stain. This will virtually eliminate any blotching and won’t allow the stain to penetrate as much thus a lighter color.

    After the stain has dried, a couple more coats of shellac then wax.

    It is best to experiment on a sample board.

    Located in Honeoye Falls NY USA. The Finger Lakes region of Western NY.

    "If you give me 6 hours to fell a tree, I will take the first 4 to sharpen my axe" Abe Lincoln

    #59773
    Chris Bunney
    Participant

    In the end I stuck with clear shellac and I am really pleased with the results; it brings out the natural colour of the redwood pine beautifully. Thanks for all the advice. I will stick some pictures online of the finished item soon!

    Chris - Exeter, UK

    #59814
    Mark Armstrong
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    If you wanted a bit more golden colour use a bit of Button polish shellac based,quite near Amber shellac in colour.

    Dagenham, Essex, England

    #60197
    Chris Bunney
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    Here’s the finished box – I am pleased with how the clear shellac has brought out the subtle colour of the redwood pine.

    Mark – thanks for the advice on Button shellac; I will get some and experiment with it!

    Time to start a new project now!

    Knitting box

    Knitting box

    Chris - Exeter, UK

    #60200
    Steve Follis
    Participant

    Nice toolbox Chris, very well done! Congratulations!

    Memphis, Tennessee

    #60205
    Chris Bunney
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    Thank you, Steve. I could not have done it without Paul’s excellent online classes though!

    Chris - Exeter, UK

    #60206
    Mark Armstrong
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    Chris that is a very nice looking chest. 😉
    Picture of some button polish.

    Dagenham, Essex, England

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    Chrise
    That is a first class job. You other should be very happy. My wife said she wants one like yours its realy well made.. I like schellec the best for pine you can add dye to a one pound cut for color. I like just a littel it let’s the shapes of the prroject be seen more clearly

    Frankj

    In South Jersey the good part of New Jersey, USA.

    #60212
    Greg Merritt
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    Very nice work Chris. It came out great.

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    #60215
    rickcorradini
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    Outstanding box, congrats, job well done!

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