A George II Virginia Walnut Chest of Drawers – Part Seven

The polish eventually hardened sufficiently to be burnished and waxed.

I had the handles especially cast for this chest from eighteenth-century originals by Optimum Brasses in Devon. The escutcheons are stock items from Optimum’s catalogue.

The completed Virginia walnut chest…

Jack Plane

About Jack Plane

Formerly from the UK, Jack is a retired antiques dealer and self-taught woodworker, now living in Australia.
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11 Responses to A George II Virginia Walnut Chest of Drawers – Part Seven

  1. Glen says:

    Lovely work Jack. I see your lemons have not been bashed about by the frost, like our poor Kyneton variety!


    • Jack Plane says:

      Glen, I’m sure you’re aware that frequently applied urine does wonders for the growth of all citrus trees. What I’ve discovered is that when it’s applied late at night, the warmth seems to be just sufficient to keep the frost at bay.



  2. Joe M. says:

    Jack, Wonderful work!. Thanks again for you taking the time to share your projects and knowledge. I always look forward to your posts. Whats Next?!
    ( I do not have any lemons,,,,,,at least not hanging on trees.)


  3. Joe M. says:

    Jack, Could we impose and ask the overall dimensions of this chest of drawers? what was the size of the handles (post to post I guess).


  4. yaakov says:

    So when are we going to see a snap of your workshop?



  5. stevenrey56 says:

    Being a relatively new woodworker, I first read about burnishing here on your blog. I tried it on my next project and, I have to say, was thrilled with the results. I’ve been doing it ever since. I have a question though. Does burnishing effect the staining process and do you burnish after stain is applied typically? I guess I’m really wondering at what stage of the finishing process do you burnish?


    • Jack Plane says:

      Burnishing can be done at any stage of the finishing process, though doing it post spirit varnish requires care as burnishing generally produces heat which can drag fresh varnish.

      Burnished bare wood makes an excellent base for oil-based finishes, but, depending on the specie of wood, may make the surface resistant to water-based stain. Water-based stain will raise the wood’s grain somewhat, so burnishing post water-based stain can pay dividends in compressing the fibres again as opposed to sanding them off.



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