Thus begins the home stretch. Yesterday, I glued up the letters, decorated some little stars and fimished prep on the mirror and frame.
I also wrapped up touch paint and trimmed the excess paint off the base trim where it sat on a plastic tarp during painting. In all, I spent about three hours doing fine detail work.
Today was he final day.
I started applying shellac at 9am and by 1 pm I had two solid coats on the entire bookcase (using a paint brush). I have to say, after using the spray shellac on the medal chest, I much prefer that over brushing. I feel I have better control over the application with the brush, but man are my arms tired. I also had fun with runs and drips and had to sand, recoat and sponge up a few spots.
Anyway, I installed the drawbridge and hooked up the braided rope “chains” I made the other day:
And glued up the mirror and frame:
And after the final application of shellac I used the brown bag trick to buff it to a nice smooth finsih. My daughter, and more importantly my bride, were very impresses, which means MISSION ACCOMPLISHED.
What about my 4 year old son? What did he think? And I quote:
“That’s awesome Daddy! I want a rocket one I can climb in!”
Time to start designing….
I will get a picture of the bookcase in it’s new home tomorrow, after drying and airing out in the garage tonight.
But first, I have a new project I need to tackle:
Time today (and yesterday): 7 hours.
Total project time: 41 hours.