I’m back in the shop after 44 days absence due to back injury.
Check; clear bench, tea, custard creams, music.
Now lets make boxes!
Well to start some experimentation. The liners for my EZ mitre boxes are Birch ply. The one for the last box, Amazed, was dyed black (spirit based wood dye used in Dance on a Volcano II and Any Colour You Like) and sprayed with satin acrylic spray. I’ve found that the same company that make the clear acrylic spray make this
An ebony finish. I wonder if this would be a better first coat for the liner on my new box? Also will cyanoacrylate (super glue) stick to it better or worse than to straight dyed Birch? Could it be less messy?
After putting a 3mm sheet of Birch ply through the drum sander, to clean it up, I spayed a coat of the Ebonising lacquer on it.
When this was dry I nibbed (removed the dust particles trapped under the lacquer) the board with 400 grit.
This made it somewhat matt. This should improve the glue adhesion. Plus any lightening should be corrected with the final coat of clear lacquer. You’ll get the pattern idea for the new box from the next shot. This is after the Sycamore pieces have been glued to the liner and after clear lacquer is applied over the top of the construction.
The joints of the inner two right angles are straight from the table saw (80 TPI crosscut blade) the outer’s joint is after cleaning up on the belt sander. The mess on the upper edge of the bottom strip is due to my laziness with the CA glue.
So experiment successful. This method works at least as well as the previous one. It may have advantages (like better glue adhesion) but its more expensive. The box better be worth it, I’ve already sprayed the liner.
And, of course the light of which I speak is that of knowledge born out of experimentation and experience, not belief.
Be seeing you
-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com