Grinder Sculpting #8: Time for some fabric

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Blog entry by JoeyG posted 01-20-2012 01:58 AM 5861 reads 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The finish is coming along nicely. I am up to about 6 coats of tung oil finish. I have lost count and still have at least a couple more to go. I didn’t want to keep posting the same pics of the finish process so I decided to do something else.

I have been leaving the bottoms plain since I use cedar and I really like the way it looks, but this time I wanted to do a little something extra. I haven’t lined any of my boxes recently and this one seemed to need a soft touch to it.

This first picture is just the tools I am using. You can see the micro-suede I used. I am going for a earthy feel so I chose the sage. I keep a little of this stuff around in different colors for when I need it. You will also see some cardboard, carpet tape, double sided tape and a small square. You also need something to cut everything with.

First cut the cardboard 1/16 inch smaller than your box (length and width). I then cut a piece of fabric a couple inches bigger than the cardboard. I put carpet tape on each side of the length.

Peel the carpet tape and flip over the cardboard and center on the fabric. With the cardboard and fabric stuck together I then apply carpet tape to the back of the cardboard. This will end up being the bottom of the liner.

Next I cut the corners of the fabric off at a 45 degree angle being sure to leave at least 1/16 past the corner of the cardboard. I marked the 45’s on the cardboard to be safe.

Then I add the narrow double sided tape in between the carpet tape. I normally use the carpet tape, but I didn’t this time because I am not done with the finish on the box and didn’t want to take a chance of it sticking to the box. I could have cut my fabric a little larger and not had this problem but didn’t think about it until it was to late. Then pull the sides tight and attach to the tape.

Here it is all done and sitting on the table

And in the box

I believe all that is left to do to this one is a few more coats of finish and a raw cedar stop. The cedar stop will be unfinished and used to give that awesome cedar smell to the box and to stop the lid from opening up to far. If you have seen my other blogs then chances are you know what I am talking about. If not then stay tuned.

Thanks for joining me

-- JoeyG ~~~

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#1 posted 01-20-2012 03:19 AM

A very fine job and instructive to me. I can definitely use this idea on my boxes. You are a “project” saver for me. This will work great for me. Thanks.

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#2 posted 01-20-2012 04:24 AM

Nice tip Joey. I may have to start putting some kind of liner in my boxes now that you’ve shown me how easy it is. That box looks really cool. Almost looks iradescent. I’ll send you a box and you sculpt it, OK?

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#3 posted 01-20-2012 05:37 AM

Nice job on explaining the liner construction.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#4 posted 01-20-2012 08:19 AM

That’s very good, I think I can learn more from you.

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#5 posted 01-20-2012 02:13 PM

great job i love it. have you tried using flocking? i got a flocking gun and it is very simple to use, just brush on some varnish where you want the flock, pour the color in the gun and give it a little pump shoot it onto the varnish and then just blow of the exces when done. no cutting and fitting. i use royal blue, red or green, its great for gun cabinets and jewelry boxes and its cheap

-- no matter what size job big or small do a job right or don't do it at all.

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