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Project by TheFridge posted 05-10-2014 04:22 PM 1095 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made a jewelry box out of a some scraps, I made a present for my wife, and I got some hassle free shop time. Talk about a win win.

It’s made out of cypress, spalted mahogany, sapele, and oak with a gloss brushing lacquer finish that was rubbed out.

My chop saw and table saw weren’t accurate enough to make a miter joint so I had to butt joint it. I made the outer sides and top out of cypress, with each individual side cut from the same full piece so that the grain matches top and bottom. The bottom is made out of sapele that has some light figuring. The interior top is made from a piece of oak. White oak I believe. The interior sides are made out of spalted mahogany.

That brushing lacquer (Deft) dries tacky in seconds and was a pain to manage runs and brush marks. I used a cabinet scraper to level out the runs and sanded smooth. On the last coat I thinned it about 50/50 and took my time to brush each side with as much care as possibly. When I achieved a final coat with as few defects as possible, I used 4/0 steel wool and Johnson’s paste wax to run out the finsh to a satin sheen so you could see the grain really good. The inside didn’t get near as much attention. Being wormy spalted mahogany it was a pain to rub out with steel wool.

Hinges and hardware came from Small Parts through amazon.

I tried doing miter joints but I found out that a ryobi chop and an untuned table saw are you worst friends when you want accuracy and precision.

Thanks. Hope you enjoy.

Last pic will be the drawer fronts on my new shop cabinets. Some really pecky cypress.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.





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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 05-10-2014 07:23 PM

Nice job sir.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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gfadvm

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#2 posted 05-11-2014 12:24 AM

nice box. I love the old cypress!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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TheFridge

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#3 posted 05-11-2014 12:26 AM

Thank you sirs. Ok for my first attempt.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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gfadvm

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#4 posted 05-11-2014 12:51 AM

Way better than “OK” for your first attempt!

Look up Blackcherry’s blog on shellac for a really quick, foolproof, and beautiful way to finish boxes. I use this on almost all of my projects unless it is a tabletop that will be abused.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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TheFridge

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#5 posted 05-11-2014 01:58 AM

I apperciate it. Damn iPhones always correct you when you try to misspell something on purpose.

I’ll have to check it. If I had the money is go straight for “finishing, simply put”, but I’ll take whatever info I can get. Thanks.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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gfadvm

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#6 posted 05-11-2014 02:45 AM

http://lumberjocks.com/blackcherry/blog/34190

Found it!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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firefighterontheside

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#7 posted 05-11-2014 03:44 AM

That’s very nice. I really like the figure on the front of the box lid. You chose that piece perfectly.

-- Bill M. I love my job as a firefighter, but nothing gives me the satisfaction of running my hand over a project that I have built and just finished sanding.

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TheFridge

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#8 posted 05-11-2014 04:25 AM

Thanks, I definitely want to try some French polishing in the future. Posting my shop cabinets soon. Drawer fronts made of pecky cypress that’s practically falling apart, and a pain to clean the rot out of but that’s also what makes it so great. Still haven’t figured out how to post from photobucket to forums from my phone or else I’d do the blog deal.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#9 posted 05-11-2014 01:11 PM

If you didn’t say this was your first attempt….
I wouldn’t have known. Great job!!!

I think my first attempt would end up with five sides and two tops!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#10 posted 05-11-2014 04:34 PM

This box turned out so nice. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#11 posted 05-13-2014 01:34 AM

Very Nice Project Indeed! Thank For Posting!

-- How long is a Minute? That depends on which side of the Bathroom Door You're On!

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