This trunk, stained dark walnut, features a crosshatch pattern of warm reddish-brown outlined with a stain pen.
- Brushes: 2-inch angled trim, two 2-inch chip
- Fine-grit sandpaper, tack cloth
- Minwax gel stains: Chestnut (CH), Honey Maple (HM), Mahogany (MA)
- Ruler and pencil
- Minwax Wood Finish stain marker: Dark Walnut
- Straightedge (optional)
- Lint-free cotton rag
- Start with an unfinished wood piece.
- Remove hardware and store it in a safe place.
- Work on a drop cloth or plastic to protect your floor and catch dust and drips.
- Sand and wipe with a tack cloth.
- Apply polyurethane to entire trunk using an angled brush; let dry. (This finish allows the gel stains to coat the surface more evenly and is especially important on woods that don't take stain easily.) Sand lightly; wipe off excess dust with a tack cloth.
- Using the chip brushes, stain the front panel with HM and the body with CH; let dry.
- Measure 3-3/8-inch sections around the edge of the front panel and lightly draw diagonal lines with a pencil. (For larger or smaller diamond shapes, adjust your measurements.) Use the Dark Walnut stain marker and a ruler or straightedge to trace the lines and outer edge of the panel. Color in alternating diamonds with MA using the cotton rag to move and blend the color.
- Sand lightly and wipe with a tack cloth.
- Apply several coats of varnish or polyurethane to protect the finish. Allow to dry and then sand lightly between coats.
Continued on page 5: Medallion Trunk