Lesson's Learned: Mom's Jewelry Box

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Blog entry by USCJeff posted 05-13-2007 05:40 AM 865 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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

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#1 posted 05-13-2007 05:42 AM

Good lessons and I feel the same way about the sander. I love my RO sander.

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

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#2 posted 05-13-2007 06:45 AM

Great lessons. I hope I learn some from your experiences! A couple are worth repeating like a mantra—especialy about the end grain. LOL

I know I love my RO sander over my old 1/4 sheet one. I just returned a new 1/4 sheet sander when I considered how often (little) I will use it since I got an RO! I Saved $44.00! That paid for some new brushes and paint for the fence I am building. :o)

Nice comments on walnut! What type of sealer did you use for the end grain? I am planning to build some boxes with it, and your coments will prove useful.

God Bless,

-- Saving barnwood from the scrapyards

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#3 posted 05-13-2007 06:54 AM

Great lessons! I had the same epiphany with my RO sander. I have a dewalt finish sander and an RO. I never picked up the finish sander again, after buying the RO. Now I’ve gone and made is to I won’t pick up either as I’ve gotten a Festool ES150 with dust collection.

I haven’t used Watco much, but yes, it seems to produce good results.

I feel for you with starting something else while finish is drying. I’ve done that. I had an even bigger screw up after not cleaning my bench before I blew poly on a bookcase. The HVLP sprayer just churned up a pile of dust and, shall we say, totally ruined the piece.

Good lessons, all of them.

Thanks for posting!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#4 posted 05-13-2007 12:59 PM

great tips

now, were you EATING the walnut??

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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