Completed Apothecary Cabinet.
The drawer fronts are finished with a base coat of Ruby Shellac, followed by two coats of Blonde Shellac, 0000 steel after each coat. Final coat of Liberon Paste Wax, also used for the sides of the drawers. They slide in and out nice and smoothly.
The cabinet itself was dyed with Dark Mission Brown Transtint dye, after raising the grain and sanding back with 600 grit. Pores opened with a brass brush, which also had a nice effect on the dye itself, increasing the contrast. Liming wax was rubbed into pores and grain and then cleaned up Paste Wax. Two coats of the Paste Wax, giving the exterior a nice sheen and letting the dyed Oak have a subtle depth.
The last few weeks has been a very trying time, personally. To maintain my emotional strength for those around me in need, I would retreat to the shop and work on this piece. The creative process can be a great rejuvenator. Thus it went from being a potential big ticket item for my shop to my personal therapy. Not selling it, keeping it around the dining room as a totem to the benefits of hard work and perseverance.