Since Saturday I have applied three coats of the tinted BLO and one coat of Tried & True original. For those not familiar with Tried & True, it is a mixture of polymerized linseed oil and beeswax. It is non-toxic, food safe and leaves a low-luster sheen and a velvety smooth feel. With the finish applied, all that remained was to install drawer stops and pulls.
The drawer fronts could, theoretically, bottom out on the runners, but that area of the drawer front is quite thin. It would be a matter of time before a drawer was closed a little too hard and big chunk of the drawer front would be blown out. So I stopped the runners short of this fragile area and installed drawer stops.
Drawer stops seemed easy insurance.
Next was to install the knotted ring pulls that I made a couple of days ago. The ring is just a grommet and it hangs from a lanyard knot. Those pieces are then soaked with CA glue which renders them rock hard. The tag ends of the lanyard knot are fed thru a whole in the drawer front and knotted on the interior of the drawer. That interior knot is locked in place with a few drops of CA glue.
With the pulls installed, these tables are complete!
I had a lot of fun building these tables. I finally delved into using the drawknife. Which led to my building a shaving horse. Something that I can see getting a good bit of use in the future. I also tried out a new-to-me drawer system and it worked out great. The drawers run super smooth on the runners and these drawers were the easiest fit up that I have done. The staked construction was a little frustrating, but that is just a learning process. My angles aren’t exactly what I had on paper, but given the hand-work nature of this process, they turned out more than satisfactory. Like most things in hand tool woodworking, you need to develop a “feel” for drilling and reaming at these compound angles. Repetition will go a long way in my developing this skill. Of course I couldn’t resist adding my “decorative” touches. Texture, wood burning and a little kolrosing. While not to everyone’s taste, I find the process and results quite satisfying.
So a few final photos to sum up these two tables.
Part 8 Greg Merritt