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    Dalton Edmonds

    I am building a round top style chest and I am hoping to keep the finish as close to the finishes that would have been used traditionally especially for travel by boat.

    Larry Geib

    From what century?

    We have in the family 3 family chests that date from 1940, 1890, and 1870.
    The only finish any of them have ever had is probably BLO.

    But I have seen milk paint and black – probably some sort of tar pitch on historic boats like the Charles W. Morgan.


    Yeah, what Larry said, and also, “from what continent”? Traditional Asian round-top chests have existed for centuries as well.

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