Hope-chest from reclaimed wood – part 7: Hinges and Milk Paint

Once the lid was completed I turned to instal its hinges. Using a utility knife I outlined the shallow sink where the hinges were to be embedded.

I used narrow and wide chisels to excavate the cherry. 

Then I made the recess for the hinge's other leaf (in the chest's back). I used a small plane to shave away the surfaces to make the hinge level with the edge of the chest's back. 

I finished the chest with milk paint. Milk paint is a powder based paint that, once mixed with water, becomes an amazing finish. I will write more about the wonders of milk paint in the future.  

After the first layer of paints dries (about 30 min) I buffed the surfaces with 180 or 220 sand paper and then applied a second layer. It to had to be buffed and polished with (0000) steel wool. Lastly I applied a layer of acrylic water base varnish on the paint to make it more resilient. 

Here is the case completed short of the dedication sign which I will show in my next entry. 

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Yoav S. Liberman is a woodworker and a teacher. His pieces have been featured in several woodworking books, most recently in Robin Wood’s CORES Recycled. Yoav teaches woodworking at the Rudolf Steiner School in Manhattan, and also frequently guest teaches in craft schools across the country.  Between 2003 and 2011 Yoav  headed the woodworking program at Harvard University's Eliot House. Yoav’s articles have appeared in American Woodworker and Woodwork Magazine. He frequently contributes woodworking web content to a number of digital publications   Yoav has a degree in architecture and later held two competitive residency programs: at The Worcester Center for Crafts in Massachusetts, and the Windgate Foundation Fellowship at Purchase College, New York. He lives in Chestnut Ridge NY.