The following are some things that I learned while completing a jewelry box project:
~Walnut is extremely pourous and requires the pores to be filled for a good finish.
~Watco Danish Oil is simple to apply and looks great on Walnut.
~I should have determined what hardware I was going to use before building the project. The lid was a 1/4” to narrow for the hinges I wanted to use.
~A Dremel tool with a plunge base is awesome for detailed inlay. Don’t work on something else while a finish is drying nearby! Had to sand and start over.
~Walnut is a natural laxative. haha
~I purchased a Bosch RO sander and will most likely not pick up my dinky finishing sander again.
~Don’t go crazy with the marking guage, knife, or Xacto. It will just require deeper sanding in the end.
~End grain accepts stain differently than face grain. Seal the end grain prior to finishing.
-- Jeff, South Carolina