I came down with a cold this week and my 10 hours per day at my day job was just about all that I could muster. So with only a little shop time Monday and Friday evening all I have completed is the basic mortising and dados in the four posts. This is the first time I’ve done any serious joinery in cherry. I’m really liking it so far. Cherry is denser than the pine that I usually work with. Consequently it cuts much cleaner. With pine I have to be careful when chopping to not crush the wood. Even with very sharp tools, pine does not always cut cleanly. The cherry is much more forgiving in this regard. I can see working with cherry could become a habit with me.
There is a long way to go in this project however. I have a new piece of joinery to work thru as well as some decorative elements that I hope to incorporate. I’m still undecided as to the finish that I will be applying. The tinted wax experiment on the first HB Tansu did not turn out as I had hoped. The color came out flat and lifeless. The finished surface and sheen is what I was after though. I have always had good success with clear shellac and wax but, my gut tells me that shellac is not the finish to use on these tansu projects. I’ve given up on the idea of trying to color wood to look like something it isn’t. So I’ve limited myself to clear finish options only. My other stipulation is that the finishing product needs to be nontoxic. This shortens the list quite a bit. It’s also why I usually use shellac or milk paint.
I’m doing a few test pieces using Tried & True original oil finish. Tried & True is a blend of polymerized linseed oil and beeswax. It contains no petroleum product or heavy metal driers. So this product ticks the box for nontoxic. So far I’m happy with results, but the jury is still out.
I did manage to complete the layout drawing for this version of the HB Tansu so you can see where I’m headed.