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Project by bygrace posted 05-04-2014 at 06:58 PM 548 views 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

Well I’m almost out of wood, so I had to make something with leftover scraps laying around the shop.

The sides of these boxes are Sapele, but I didn’t have thick enough pieces to match the grain on all four sides. But the grain in Sapele is such that the “unmatched” grain isn’t very noticeable. I really like working with this wood.

Some of the Peruvian walnut has some small knots in it, but that just adds character.

And the Wenge on the top – well I love it! The Wenge looks much better in person.

Well I wasn’t anticipating it, but these ended up being some of my favorite boxes I’ve made so far.

Finished with 3 coats of Watco natural, two coats of shellac for a sanding sealer, and three coats of spray lacquer.

One accident though. When routing out the hinge mortise I accidently measured to the inside of the router blade instead of the outside. Arghhhhhh! Oh well, live and learn.

Thanks for looking, and any comments and suggestions are appreciated!

-- Andy, Waxahachie, Tx.





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#1 posted 05-05-2014 at 12:21 AM

Very nice work. Love the wood.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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