I decided to build, what I think is, a nice jewelry case for my Niece’s birthday this summer. The case is Walnut with Bird’s Eye Maple for drawers and accents. There are some secondary 1/8” panels that will be either Baltic Birch or hardboard. Plans are from an older issue of Wood magazine.
Here’s what it should look like when complete:
Yesterday I cut everything but the hardboard to rough size.
Then I dadoed out 10 tiny rails and stiles for half lap joints.
I really like the look of the case in the example pictures so I hope it turns out nice.
The smallest frame and panel glue-up I’ve done to date. It’s about 5” across, 3/8” thick.
I have a question. This is the first time I’ve worked with Walnut. I see that it seems to have a number of open pores similar to oak. When I sand the Walnut, the light coloured sanding dust gets into these pores and contrasts against the darker wood surface. Should I be concerned? This dust mostly blows away with the air gun but some of it remains. I plan to polyurethane this project when complete, will this dust, or these pores be something to contend with at that point?
Thanks for any advice you can offer.
-- "The difference between school and real life is that in real life the tests come first, and then the lessons" -- Robert Lang, Editor Popular Woodworking