Here are the previous parts of this project:
The case and drawers have been fully assembled using glue, and only a few nailed for the drawer bottoms. With completed, it was time to attach the walnut base and top. Again, glue only, no mechanical fasteners. But a lot of clamps were used… a lot. Luckily I picked up a few spares during my last trip to Harbor Freight. Added 4 glue blocks as reinforcement for the base. Once the bottom was securely attached, repeated the process for the top: glue and clamps.
The top and bottom sat for a day to let the glue cure. Next was the final sanding and the first of 3 coats of shellac. I chose shellac because it’s an old school finish that is often found on antiques and has a unique orangish hue. A light sanding between coats using a abrasive pads instead of steel wool.
After the shellac was applied, the entire project was brought inside the dry for a week. The last step was to install the drawer pulls. These off-the-shelf items from Menards. Reasonably priced and look great too. Blue painter’s tape was applied to the drawer front’s so that the pencil marks could more easily be seen.
And the project is complete!