I’m working away on the “Thorsen Cabinet”, and have the skirt nearly finished. One more trip to the store to get some screws and the router bit I need.
While I’m working on the skirt and other parts I’be been working up a sample board to check out how I’m planning on finishing this project. I know that’s weeks away, but I’m eager to see how it will look.
This sample was sanded to 320, and then I wet it to raise the grain. I scuff sanded it with 320 after it dried and put on one coat of Trans-Tint Brown Mahogany dye. After that was dry I rubbed it with a white Scotchbrite bad to take off any grain fuzzies, and gave it a coat of Linseed Oil. I left that to dry overnight, then padded on two coats of garnet shellac, rubbed with steel wool and waxed with Dark Brown Briwax.
It looks good, although I think I want a hint more red in the finished cabinet. I think I’ll try either the Reddish-Brown or Red Mahogany dyes and see how that looks. Maybe a different color wax too, although that is pretty subtle and probably won’t make much difference.
I think this sample is pretty close to the color of the original cabinet, maybe with a couple more coats of Garnet Shellac. Whatcha think?