First Commissioned Piece #5: Finished but not finished...

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Blog entry by Ethan Sincox posted 09-27-2007 05:56 AM 1569 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Finished but not finished? What does that mean?

It means I spent some time this evening applying two coats of garnet shellac and then rubbing out the finish with Renaissance wax and steel wool, but I’m not done with the interior divider, so the box isn’t finished!

But I thought I’d throw up a couple of pictures to show you the progress so far. Oh, the red jasper cab is not glued into the lid yet, but the fit is so tight I don’t have to worry about it falling out. (Actually, I worried a bit that I wouldn’t be able to get it out, but a few taps on the inside of the lid makes it pop out nicely.)

Here is the box after the finish has been applied. Love the way that red jasper is set off by the black bog oak.
The box after the finish has been applied

And here is the incomplete interior. I’m anxious to get started on the interior pieces. The finish line is near!
A shot of the interior

My personal sgian dubh in the box, for demonstration purposes only!
My sgian dubh added, for demonstration purposes only

I’ll probably get a chance to work on the interior dividers on Friday evening, so hopefully by this weekend it will be done and ready to ship off to Scotland!

Of course, I’ll take some better quality pictures of it before I send it away.

-- Ethan,

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#1 posted 09-27-2007 06:03 AM

Wonderful Ethan. Inspires me to make something.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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Douglas Bordner

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#2 posted 09-27-2007 07:05 AM

Beautiful job of inlaying the bog oak and the cabochon. Did you use your Stew-Mac to waste the ground? The nail hole in the front of the lid certainly adds additional character. I like this one a lot. Ethan, were do you get the bog oak in the US?

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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Ethan Sincox

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#3 posted 09-27-2007 02:56 PM

I actually didn’t, Douglas. I used my #271 for the bog oak. I haven’t really had that much opportunity to play around with it, so I’ve been trying to use it when possible. In hind sight, I should have used a thinner piece of bog oak for the inlay because I wanted to use the #271; I ended up routing in about five or six steps because it was so thick. Too much work.

And then I grabbed my Bosch laminate trimmer and a 1/8” straight bit for the red jasper cab (and the hinges). That was for several reasons – I’m still not working in a fully functioning shop, so I have to do the power tool stuff out in the garage, and then, to be completely honest with you, I’m not totally sure where my Foredom is at the moment. I’m sure it’s somewhere in the garage, and I know the general location, but I don’t have everything completely unpacked yet. I knew right where the Bosch and my 1/4” bits were.

I don’t get my bog oak in the US. I have to puchase it all overseas in the UK and Ireland – and let me tell you, if you thought it was expensive to buy wood through the mail with US shipping, try paying overseas shipping!

It’s a little better when I can find it from sellers in Ireland, because the dollar isn’t too bad against the euro (conversion-wise), but when I buy from North Ireland or the UK, I have to pay against the British Pound Sterling and that sucks.

-- Ethan,

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#4 posted 09-27-2007 06:15 PM

good looking box

-- I get out in the shop when I can

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