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    QSWO Mission Blanket Chest

    Just finished up this blanket chest loosely based on this Stickley chest: https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/25457/lot/11/

    I would have loved to have the hardware that the Stickley has, but I could not find anything even close to it. I still need to add some lid stays, so I will post some more pics of the inside when I get them installed.

    blanket chest 1.jpg

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    blanket chest 4.jpg
    Chris

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    That’s a beauty!

    It would look in my 1926 sears bungalow as the trim is pretty much the exact same color.

    You did a excellent job on the finish. While thing but the finish is great.

    You could have the hardware made ..

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    Well done Christian. Love the frame and panel construction - and that figure flowing from the middle stile into the panel is mesmerizing!

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    If it looks that good in a pic.
    I bet it looks twice a good in person itís not easy to get good pics of dark projects.
    Well done sir.
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    Very nice Christian. And great job on the finish. What did you use? Did you fume it?
    If you don't stand for something, you'll fall for anything.

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    Love the finish nice work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Patrick Walsh View Post
    That’s a beauty!

    It would look in my 1926 sears bungalow as the trim is pretty much the exact same color.

    You did a excellent job on the finish. While thing but the finish is great.

    You could have the hardware made ..
    Thanks Patrick! I did give custom made hardware a little thought...but I figured it would be too expensive.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Rainey View Post
    Well done Christian. Love the frame and panel construction - and that figure flowing from the middle stile into the panel is mesmerizing!
    Thanks Mark! The front panels and middle stile came from the same two boards. It is possible the figure you are referring to are from the same board, but I can’t remember for sure. I tried to orient like boards together.


    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew Hughes View Post
    If it looks that good in a pic.
    I bet it looks twice a good in person it’s not easy to get good pics of dark projects.
    Well done sir.

    Thanks Andrew!

    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Carey View Post
    Very nice Christian. And great job on the finish. What did you use? Did you fume it?

    Thanks Bill. I did not fume it. I used Jeff Jewitt's Centennial finish schedule in the below PDF, with a slight variation. Instead of Arm-R-Seal Satin, I used ZAR flat oil based vanish. The last two projects I have used Arm-R-Seal Satin on have been too shiny, so I tried something different. While the ZAR flat does have some sheen, I like the result. It is much closer to sheen I used to get from Arm-R-Seal Satin. The finish schedule is Dark Mission Dye/Seal-a-Cell/Java Gel Stain/ZAR flat oil based varnish.

    http://homesteadfinishingproducts.com/stickley.pdf
    The ZAR Flat varnish: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    Quote Originally Posted by jim sauterer View Post
    Love the finish nice work.
    Thanks Jim.
    Last edited by Christian Hawkshaw; 02-03-2020 at 7:28 PM. Reason: spelling
    Chris

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    Another note on the finishing: I prefinished the pieces as much as possible before assembly. I had to do this in a few stages, and mask of some areas with tape. This allowed for easier application of all stages of the finish, especially the gel stain and the varnish. I also try to apply the varnish to surfaces that are laying horizontally. This eliminates dripping with the brush on varnish.

    I do have an HVLP sprayer, but I only like to use water-based finishes with it. General Finishes indicates you can use the High-Performance water-based topcoat over the gel stain, but I am a little hesitant. I might give that a try one day, as it would speed up the process.
    Chris

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    "Mission" accomplished (sorry). Great project and I also love the finish.
    Rustic? Well, no. That was not my intention!

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    Very Nice- thanks for sharing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by David Utterback View Post
    "Mission" accomplished (sorry). Great project and I also love the finish.

    Thanks David....I appreciate the humor.


    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Allen1010 View Post
    Very Nice- thanks for sharing!

    Thanks Mike.
    Chris

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    Finally got the lid stays installed and moved the chest inside. Here are few more pics….

    chest 5.jpg


    chest 6.jpg
    Last edited by Christian Hawkshaw; 02-09-2020 at 2:42 PM. Reason: spelling
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