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Jewelry Box #6: Finishing is truly the final frontier.

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Blog entry by Jon3 posted 02-23-2009 12:16 AM 1170 reads 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’m always wary of finishing. I really don’t like it, as I often feel it is such a voodoo black art. And often I think its overdone. (c.f. people with posts that include ‘then I put on 293 coats of french polish, blah blah blah.)

I apologize in advance for the lack of in-progress photos at this point. With finish on my hands and latex gloves on, I was in no position to be touching my nice camera.

I used my leftover stock and prepared some various finishes. I tried a stain, a tinted shellac (worked on the maple, did not on the mahogany.) a gel stain, and a plain topcoat.

I took the finish sticks to the potential customer, and she ended up liking the tinted curly maple, and the plain poly over mahogany. No complaints here, made it easy for me!

First, I taped off the mahogany part of the box and applied the tinted shellac to the curly maple only. I definitely over-tinted, but thankfully the top of the box doesn’t show it too much.

then applied the wipe on poly over the top of the whole thing.

Voila!

C’est Fin.



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CanadaJeff

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#1 posted 02-23-2009 01:27 AM

Great project. I was wondering what type of hinges are those, I’m doing a similar project and think they would look great. Did you you have much trouble working with them?

Once again, great job
Jeff

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Scott Bryan

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#2 posted 02-23-2009 01:34 AM

Nice job, Jon. This was an excellent series from which I was able to glean several pointers, especially with the dovetail fixes.

Thanks for the posts.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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DavidH

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#3 posted 02-23-2009 03:31 AM

great series jon, thank you for sharing your mistakes and how you went about fixing them, I learned a lot from them.

-- David - Houston, Texas. (http://www.justsquareenough.com/)

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ChicoWoodnut

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#4 posted 02-23-2009 06:03 AM

Nice series. You are gifted in the art of on the fly design element addition.

-- Scott - Chico California http://chicowoodnut.home.comcast.net

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Karson

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#5 posted 02-23-2009 06:26 AM

A fantastic looking box. The grain just pops out at you.

-- 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 karsonwm@gmail.com †

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Blake

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#6 posted 03-01-2009 08:50 PM

Very nice. I really enjoyed the photo blog.

-- Happy woodworking! http://www.openarmsphotography.com

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Mark Shymanski

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#7 posted 03-01-2009 10:31 PM

A great blog and an interesting heart detail around the lock.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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bigike

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#8 posted 02-09-2010 04:19 AM

nice box, the blog was good too.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://www.icombadaniels@yahoo.com

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a1Jim

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#9 posted 02-09-2010 04:36 AM

A beautiful box with great woods and super hardware.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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