String inlaid box #9: One coat of Boiled linseed oil

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Blog entry by JeremyPringle posted 361 days ago 1374 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 8: Edging the edges Part 9 of String inlaid box series Part 10: Mixing another batch of shellac »

After letting the centre inlay cure in the OBG over night, I scraped it flush and clean. Then I went over the rest of the box and just cleaned up the little things before adding the coat of boiled linseed oil. I usually let the oil cure for 5-7 days before putting on the shellac.

So without further ado…

The shell design is one of a picture that I found in google after typing in conch shell. I took the picture and sent it to my dad, who lives a long, long ways away from me. But… he is a civil engineer, and he takes pictures that I send him, and puts them into cad and makes line drawings for me. I then take that drawing and scale it as I want. I then print off a bunch of copies and even make a few copies on clear overhead projector stuff. I used the double bevel method to do this shell. I sand shaded the wood first then cut them. I used figured birdseye maple for the shell, and QS maple for the ‘inside’ of the shell. The oil has helped highlight some of the figure, but the shellac will really pop it. I really like maple for inlays, as it is really tight grained and cuts really nicely, it also does not chip out like walnut likes to do. I thought if I used something figured, it would help add texture to the shell once it had some finish on it. So far it looks really promising.

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#1 posted 361 days ago

Well done Jeremy!
You need to learn Inkscape. It will allow you to do your own photo to pattern transitions with the artistic inflections you want to add. You can’t do that over email.
The box looks great and the chosen inlays are real time honoured classics.
Good on ya.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees.

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#2 posted 361 days ago

WOW!!!!!!!! That is Extremely impressive. I’m finding any other words hard to come by. You should be very proud of that fine piece.

-- I'm not clumsy.. It's just the floor hates me, the tables and chairs are bullies and the wall gets in the way.. - Mike -

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#3 posted 361 days ago

Awesome work

-- Vince

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#4 posted 361 days ago

wonderful display of craftsmanship.

-- honing my craft one mistake at a time.

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#5 posted 361 days ago

Flat out gorgeous !

-- "It's amazing how much can go wrong when you think you know what you're doing."

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#6 posted 360 days ago

Jeremy. Wow, awsome box. I love the shell inlay. I have been trying to get the time to work on that double bevel technique.

-- Steve, Malvern, PA

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#7 posted 360 days ago

Very impressive. Nicely done

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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