Refinish a Wood Chest
BLACK+DECKER B+D Contributor 189 Projects
Nothing evokes a sense of mystery like a wood chest. It might be one you found at an antique shop, or one that's been passed down through generations of family. It could be a newer chest that's faded or worn and you just want to breathe new life into it. The finish has likely faded or has been worn over time, and because chests are working pieces of furniture, dents, scratches and splinters typically need attention. Refinishing a chest is a good weekend project for all skill levels. The bulk of it can be done in a single day, using simple tools and supplies.
Divide + Conquer
Divide the refinishing job into three steps: repair, sanding + finishing. The sanding, which is probably the most important part of the project, requires most of the morning. Add stain afterwards, if desired. It's a good idea to allow the stain to dry overnight, and then tackle the topcoat the following day.
Sanding is Key
Sanding is the most important part of refinishing. The right tool means everything, and the BLACK+DECKER MOUSE® Detail Sander is ideal for removing old finishes in tight spaces. Capable of sanding on three sides, it has internal dust collection and a comfortable, ergonomic shape that fits your hand. It's ideal to use all day if needed.
Applying the Stain
Stains are available in a few different versions. Water + solvent-based formulas require anywhere from minutes to hours to dry. Oil-based stain requires up to 72 hours to dry. All are good products, and the application of both is pretty much the same so the decision will come down to preference. Oil-base stain permeates better than solvent base and dries less quickly (which offers you more application time). Not to mention, woodworking experts claim that oil-base stain adds deeper color. Solvent-base stain gets projects done the same day, and is available in a variety of different colors.