The external surfaces of the chest were washed down with hot soapy water to remove any wayward glue, grime and fingerprints. The chest was then stained and the first lick of spirit varnish applied to seal it (fig. 1). The colour and polish were gradually built up over several days.
I next applied a red lead-based wash to the chest’s underside (fig. 2).
The handles’ pommels didn’t protrude quite far enough through the 7/8″ thick drawer fronts, so I recessed the backs of the pommel holes and cut slots in the nuts (fig. 3) – a not uncommon practice.
I continued polishing the chest, being particularly careful to prevent any polish build-up in the blind frets (fig. 4).
A pair of pine stops was screwed onto the top rear of the slide, which come to a halt against the back of the top packer at the front of the chest, thus preventing the slide from being entirely withdrawn (fig. 6).
A section at each side of the slide was cut out (fig. 6) to accommodate the carcase-mounted stops which prevent the slide being pushed too far into the chest (fig. 7).
With the stops all screwed in place, the panelled back could finally be attached (figs. 8 & 9).
When the polish had had sufficient drying time, I mounted the brasses to the slide and drawers and waxed the whole thing (figs. 10 – 16).
The hours involved in the work in this post come to 30-1/4.
The total hours involved amount to 280-3/4.