I know I’ve been slack gettin blogs up, just been swamped, we’ve have a lot going on.
We’ve been filming more of the show, Sherri and Crystal want to finish filming the corner cabinet so we are working on that this week. I had some other pieces to get out and now I’m back to the chests made from the Jefferson Poplar. I have three Keeping Chests finished and two more in process.
We had enough small pieces that I did some of our small pipe boxes too. We don’t want to waste a bit of this material! There are some guys using some of the limb hunks and turning a few bowls and some rolling pins and things of that nature. They are bringing high dollars and have clients on a waiting list. I am anxious to see what Monticello thinks of my Keeping Chests. These chests are the only “built pieces ” I am aware of out of this historical material.
I Decided to use the same color on the TM chest that we are using on the corner cabinet in the show. All will be finished with Waterlox. love that stuff, all will have a minimum of 4 coats until they feel like warm butter…. just how I like it.
Ran into an issue on the small pipe boxes. I used a 23 gauge pin nailer and white glue (as it dries clear) to assemble them. These pipe boxes are approximately 3/16-inch thick. After assembly and some scraping and sanding some of the pin nails were showing. Bright metal is not something I wanted, so I used a little water based gun bluing (I purchased mine online from http://www.shootersolutions.com/gunblue.html) and simply wiped over the nails and let them dry. The gun bluing darkened the heads and the boxes look great.
The hardware I chose was from Horton Brasses. I like their dark antique brasses for this project. I did go with strap hinges for these chests due to the age of the tree. I had these made by Fisher Forge. Horton cannot antique the locks because the process can damage the steel lock partsso before I install them, I will wipe the brass surfaces of the lock with some of the bluing. It gives the brass a really nice antique look.
We still have the camera set up as I am filming some things for Woodcraft, couple of them are some of their turning items. These have been a lot of fun. I’m going to turn a coffee scoop handle, an ice cream scoop handle, some pepper mills and salt shakers. The ones you see in the photo Jeff Fleisher turned, when I’m done, I’ll show ya some of mine. I’ve have some Bubinga for the coffee and ice cream scoops and I have some tiger maple and some curly cherry for the pepper mills and salt shakers, the pepper mill Jeff has is from Clario Walnut, it will be interesting to see what we come up with.
Well, it’s get back to the chest and filming, I hope everyone is staying warm, it’s been a might cool here but a heat wave tomorrow, the high is suppose to be 48-degrees!
Enjoy the pictures – Later Ya’ll!