Custom Lacquered Children’s Bookcase – Completed

I made the final delivery of the lacquered children’s bookcase from the previous post.  As it happens, I delivered it today to try and beat the rain forecast for later this week, and it happens to be the birthday of the young lady this piece was built for.  Happy Birthday!

The adjustable shelves are a tight fit since the slightly narrower case from the finish.  Note to self: a perfect fit before the finish, for removable parts, means a tight fit after finish.

In the end, it took about 5 or 6 thin coats of the Hydrocote Resisthane mixed with the color-matched latex (Benj. Moore) and a little water to thin it.  This blend turns out to be outstanding in its hardness, drying in less than an hour and sanding really nicely.  I wouldn’t hesitate to use this instead of straight latex on interior trim or cabinetry projects (My window trim is next!).  I mentioned in the previous post that the large nozzle resulted in some runs; the smaller nozzle was substantially better in atomizing, and the lacquer blend flowed together nicely if it was kept warm in the room (above ~65F).  The spray booth was worth the effort, it worked very well, thought the exhaust filter will need to be replaced before the next job.  I should have built it sooner.

Up next:  A couple of beds, a sideboard with wine storage, then, maybe a wall mounted tool chest, though I’m seriously considering putting it off until Lost Art Press’ Studley Tome arrives in 2013.  For the non-woodworkers who are still reading:  Studley was a piano-maker in Quincy, MA whose masterpiece (or, perhaps, one of them) was his tool chest, and is well worth a look for anyone who appreciates true craftsmanship.


About Nick

Nick Roulleau is founder, craftsman, designer, joiner, finisher, floor-sweep and all of the other roles at Mansfield Fine Furniture. A woodworker for more than a decade, Nick started the company with the goal of filling the need for heirloom-quality furniture hand-made from premium woods. Every piece is designed to suit the customer's needs and desires, hand-picking each piece of wood, and built one piece at a time, using both modern and centuries-old traditional methods to yield furniture to last for generations.