Nicholson Project – Finishing up
When you’re working in two and three hour blocks of time, it’s hard to maintain momentum. Especially when the project participants are from the “curmudgeonly” class. But we’re almost there.
The front vise chop is massive, nearly twenty inches wide. The slide bar is 2 1/2″ square. The slide box isn’t even permanently attached, yet the vise travels smoothly.
We decided that we would use shellac for the frame and a traditional oil finish (BLO and wax, maybe a little turpentine) for the tops and aprons.
Orange shellac and red oak equals “Golden Oak”, the color of half of the kitchen cabinets and trim in North America. Shellac allows you to build a good film thickness very quickly and can be applied in “less than clean room” conditions. If it’s a little rough, simply rub it out with steel wool, then wax it back up to the level of reflectivity you desire.
Someone asked me if there was any rhyme or reason to the holdfast hole pattern. I said yes, there is a rhyme and a reason, and there both in my head. Just leave it at that. A few more “fancy schmancy touches” and we’ll be in business.
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