Well its going to be a box. It will be a shell box of the EZ Mitre type. This enables me to go into the construction of shell boxes, which I haven’t before.
I first trimmed up the board ready for work as an EZ Mitre box. Then thickness sanded it down on my drum sander to 6mm. First using 150 grit for the major reduction, then 240 grit for a finer finish. Fine enough for the inside of the box anyway. I hand sanded the outside, side to 400 grit. Lots of dust from both Blackwood and Padauk getting into the Sycamore grain here. This is relatively easily solved by first vacuuming the loose dust from the surface and then floating out the rest with White Spirit until no more red colouring from the Padauk presents (about four or five washes) to give this
Its still ‘wet’ in this picture giving an idea of what the finished article will look like.
I usually like to give the board a couple of coats of sanding sealer on each side pre-the mitring. Problem here however is that the solvent in my preferred sanding sealer, Liberon, floats out some of the colouring in the African Blackwood. Dumping it on the sycamore and Padauk leaving a right old mess. To this end I’m using two brush coats of water based Polyurethane this time. It doesn’t cause any problems with the wood combination. The only minor niggle is the grain is raised by the first coat due to the water which is the solvent in the Poly. This is easily rubbed back with 400 grit. Then a second coat applied. So coated with water based poly, outside side
and inside, side of the board.
The first of these two pictures is the outside as I feel it gives the better grain pattern, on what will be all sides of the box, to the Padauk. My decision and its final.
This is drying right now. I’m giving it overnight to harden. The next part of the blog will go into EZ mitre with a router bit and also the box bottom/pedestal construction.
Be seeing you.
-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com