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Thread: Front lid for 31 case

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    Front lid for 31 case

    I mentioned in another thread that I was planning to build a front lid.
    Itís now glued and will sand it tomorrow. I will then be faced with a more challenging task:
    matching the old finish (color) and finding a lock that looks appropriate.

    Any advise will be appreciated.

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    This front lid was was easy to build.
    I played with some stains today and feel much more confident that I can get very close to matching the case.
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    Finding stains that match closely isn't that difficult.....it's how old wood and finishes keep their patina. Matching that is a tough task.

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    Yes!
    The reddish color was easy but the dark/black streaks from a life in a machine shop seems to be more difficult.

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    Mist with black spray paint, then wipe over it with acetone on a rag.

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    I like that idea, I'll practice on some scrap first thing Monday.
    Thanks

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    I looked closely at your new front cover and have decided that your are destined to recreate your own masterpiece Gerstner chest. Call it a Lansoster. You obviously have the skill and I would love to see somebody do that. It may take a while, but can you imagine the results? What a life you would have......living in Long Beach, tanned, the sunsets, and a wonderful piece of art.

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    Very kind words, thank you - and yes that would be fun.
    Maybe someday when I finish all the necessary maintenance to a house.

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    The list for the house never ends....ever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by user459 View Post
    Mist with black spray paint, then wipe over it with acetone on a rag.
    I played a little with black paint as you suggested and it looks like I can get the look I need.
    Thanks for the tip.

    I have to put this project away for a while and get back to more pressing projects - we'll see how long that lasts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Den052 View Post
    I looked closely at your new front cover and have decided that your are destined to recreate your own masterpiece Gerstner chest. Call it a Lansoster. You obviously have the skill and I would love to see somebody do that. It may take a while, but can you imagine the results? What a life you would have......living in Long Beach, tanned, the sunsets, and a wonderful piece of art.
    OK Den 052, You started it.

    After a little house work I decided to make a style O31 (my favorite style) and to complicate the project I added a 20Ē Walnut, here is what I have so far.

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    Nice dovetails on that carcass. Handcut? I think dovetails are the only way to put together a carcass.
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    Thanks, I thought someone would ask that but not hand cut even though I have cut them by hand years ago. I have a jig that doesn't get much use so I thought I'd get it out and put it to work.

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    Okay, just thought I'd ask. Hand cut or not, dovetails are the strongest corner joint in woodworking. I've never owned a jig, so I cut all my dovetails by hand. I actually enjoy cutting through dovetails, but half-blind dovetails drive me absolutely bonkers!!!! I hate them!
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    The half-blind I see on your website sure look good!

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