Cherry finger jointed box #8: Just finishing up..

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 09-04-2016 03:41 PM 336 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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Ok, had to decide which type of finish to use on this Cherry box

The “Olde Standby” Witch’s Brew? Not quite what I was after, colour wise

This is a 70/30 mix of BLO and Varnish. Had to go out and get a new can of each, and find something to mix it all in..

Also that evening in the shop….Box was final sanded. I fought to get those tiny hinges nailed in place, had to glue in a backer strip inside the lid, and then add a strip of scrap between the sides of the box. Hinges came with the EXACT number of tiny brass nails….I helf a longer nail about the right diameter with some Visegrips, to start a hole….never the less, third nail bent right over. Drag out some other nails, 3/4” was a bit too long. Cut the nail to length and drive it home.

Same “troubles” with the latch. Did not like the super SMALL screws…phillips head? Not. So, latch was nailed in place, having to trim 4 more nails to length. and using the scrap block as a backer. The lid was done last and I left the backer in place. ( you could stash papers in the lid)

I like these, better than the hook and clasp sort of thingys… Let the shop sit overnight, to allow all that cherry flavoured sanding dust to settle out of the air…came back in the morning, and gave the box a good wipe down..

This is what the BLO/Varnish mix looks like on the Cherry. Let it cure overnight. next morning gave that a rub down, wipe off, and then just straight varnish.. a clear gloss..

Brought the box upstairs, after another rub down…..might need another coat?

Needs a bit more rubbing out. Last coat might be a wipe on….used up the last of the Chip brushes…

Next time? Well, it might be posted as a project. Box is scheduled in about a week to be given to the Wife’s Pastor, when she goes to church next Sunday.

Box is upstairs because the lumber for the next little project is taking up MOST of my bench!

Just before the box came upstairs, I sat it on the slabs, just to show a “scale” of the sizes..

Box is 12-1/4” wide, by 7” front to back, by 5-1/2” tall. Not too bad a project?
This is about all there is for the woodworking on this….thanks for following along..

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#1 posted 09-04-2016 04:06 PM

Very nice bandit. I decided my dovetails need more practice to did my box for the 71 1/2 with dovetails. Maybe I should post it.

As far as what to put mix in for example blo and varnish. I’ve been buying empty new quart cans from Sherwin Williams for $2 each. They seal tight so I think will do well for non water based solutions. I hang a church key on the side with a rare earth magnet. (Probably a good tip I should also pass on.)

-- Don K, (Houghton, Michigan)

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