Palm Box (copy) #6: Lid hinged

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Blog entry by mpmitche posted 12-31-2010 11:45 PM 1008 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I inserted the brass pins today and filed them flush to the box. This pretty much finishes the box other than applying a finish. I tried shellac and poly on a test piece and don’t like how much it darkens and changes the color of the purpleheart. I tried wax which is ok but not great. I also tried burnishing the wood with a metal spoon. It brings out the shine but I am having a hard time getting it consistent instead of streaky. I think I will either work on burnishing or just leave it untreated. Any suggestions?

-- Mike, Western New York

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#1 posted 01-01-2011 01:30 AM

great work, the only suggestion i have is seal a cell or tung oil. Mabe even a spray laqure.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#2 posted 01-01-2011 01:30 AM

Nice box. I know what you mean about the darkening of the purpleheart. I am making another purpleheart box and cannot figure out how to get the light colored purple finish. The last one I made was finished with lacquer and it also darkened the wood more than I would have liked it.

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#3 posted 01-01-2011 04:29 AM

Almost any finish will darken the wood no matter the species. “Water white or clear” add the least amount of color, but there is not that much difference in reality. Purpleheart is a dark wood to begin with. The only thing I can say is “It is what it is” and nice box!

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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#4 posted 01-01-2011 06:20 AM

Nice looking box and I like the brass hinge pin detail. As to Your finishing question, I have heard that water based poly,s are the best with keeping the natural coloring of wood ,but have little experience with that kind of finish .

-- Rob,Gaithersburg,MD,One mans trash is another mans wood shop treasure ! ;-)

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#5 posted 01-01-2011 04:20 PM

Fine little box.
Happy new year,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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