My 2008 "Not Just Any Box" Winter Awards #8: The Box is done, BUT!!

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Blog entry by Dick, & Barb Cain posted 01-26-2008 08:06 PM 1298 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I completed the box yesterday, but I’ve been struggling to get my camera to work.

All of the light areas of an image have a pink tinge, & I can’t edit the pink out.

I even tried taking pictures outside, but it was even worse.

Here’s an out door picture, Blah!! Maybe someone has a cure for this disease. HELP!!

In the meantime I’d like to tell about my recent discovery.

Barb has multi-chemical allergies, & I’m always looking for something that doesn’t bother her.

At first I used mineral oil on it, but was a little on the dull side.

Even the smell of raw linseed oil bothers her, so I was looking in the art supplies at the big W,

& I found purified linseed oil. I opened the cap, & took a sniff, no odor whatsoever.

So that’s the finish I’m using. I mixed Beeswax, & purified linseed oil about 50/50 Put the sealed baby food jar in

some hot water, It’s turned out the consistency of soft margarine.

I rubbed that in with a couple of coats, for a nice satin looking finish, with no odor.
Here’s one picture that didn’t turn out to bad

Notice the pinkish area in the lighter wood. I can’t edit it out.

I’ll have to take some pictures with Barb’s camera, but the lens quality isn’t quite as good.
Click here: To go to the project page.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#1 posted 01-26-2008 08:16 PM

That was worth waiting for Dick. It’s just, well, unique. You certainly didn’t make it easy for yourself with one of that delicacy and complexity. Thanks for sharing the process and for the tip on finishing.

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business.

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#2 posted 01-26-2008 08:20 PM

Great looking box! The wood choice is fantastic.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#3 posted 01-26-2008 08:27 PM

sweet little box dick ! well done

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#4 posted 01-27-2008 06:47 AM

That is a neat looking box Dick – great job – o.k. pictures

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#5 posted 01-27-2008 01:11 PM

the finish is lovely—and no odor, so that is wonderful!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#6 posted 01-28-2008 05:46 PM

everyone in my office loves it!

-- life can always be weaved into a song.

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