- 10 July 2014 at 7:10 pm #59293
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 - Exeter, UK10 July 2014 at 8:13 pm #59295David GillParticipant
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 :11 July 2014 at 5:04 pm #59329
Thanks David. I do like the simple shellac finish. I might have a look into the the milk paints too though.
Chris - Exeter, UK16 July 2014 at 8:13 pm #59491
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?
Chris - Exeter, UK16 July 2014 at 8:26 pm #59492ken1776Participant
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. 😉17 July 2014 at 12:06 pm #59520Brett aka PheasantwwParticipant
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 Lincoln27 July 2014 at 11:09 am #59773
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, UK27 July 2014 at 10:11 pm #59814Mark ArmstrongParticipant
If you wanted a bit more golden colour use a bit of Button polish shellac based,quite near Amber shellac in colour.
Dagenham, Essex, England9 August 2014 at 9:21 am #60197
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!
Chris - Exeter, UK9 August 2014 at 10:54 am #60200Steve FollisParticipant
Nice toolbox Chris, very well done! Congratulations!
Memphis, Tennessee9 August 2014 at 2:44 pm #60205
Thank you, Steve. I could not have done it without Paul’s excellent online classes though!
Chris - Exeter, UK9 August 2014 at 6:05 pm #60206Mark ArmstrongParticipant
Chris that is a very nice looking chest. 😉
Picture of some button polish.
Dagenham, Essex, England
You must be logged in to access attached files.9 August 2014 at 6:38 pm #60208Frank JosephMember
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
In South Jersey the good part of New Jersey, USA.9 August 2014 at 11:56 pm #60212Greg MerrittParticipant
Very nice work Chris. It came out great.
http://hillbillydaiku.com10 August 2014 at 4:12 pm #60215rickcorradiniParticipant
Outstanding box, congrats, job well done!
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