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Project by Greg..the Cajun Box Sculptor posted 08-19-2014 09:23 PM 841 views 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This box is larger than most of the boxes that I build but I had a custom order for a 20×12x9” Sinker Cypress small chest without any sculpting or carving. It is made from one board that was 16” wide and about 11 ft. long.

The entire box was glued together and the top was cut off after drying. The top is built with a floating panel and space balls to prevent expansion problems of a large top.

The finish I used is water based poly. I like this finish on the old cypress because it helps preserve the patina of the cypress better than lacquer or an oil based finish.

-- We all must start somewhere in our journey of doing what we love to do.





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johnhutchinson

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#1 posted 08-19-2014 09:57 PM

It’s a perfect box, Greg, but I can’t get excited about water-based poly. I’ve tried it a couple times and I always end up with a “Formica” look … and it tacks way too quick.

Any tips ???

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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FloridaArt

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#2 posted 08-19-2014 10:22 PM

Nice proportions. Clean lines. strong hinge. Love it!

-- Art | Bradenton, Florida

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Greg..the Cajun Box Sculptor

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#3 posted 08-19-2014 10:51 PM

John… I never cared for water based poly previously but after experimenting with it on the cypress I got results I like after buffing it out with the Beall buffing system and then using a extra fine synthetic pad to rub it down to get rid of the shiny look that the buffing will produce even on a satin finish. It took a lot of scrap testing to get brave enough to use it on finished products.

Art…I normally do not use piano hinges but the customer wanted them.

-- We all must start somewhere in our journey of doing what we love to do.

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gfadvm

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#4 posted 08-20-2014 12:07 AM

Love the sinker cypress! Brush, spray, wipe on water based poly? Brand?

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

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#5 posted 08-20-2014 01:36 AM

Nice box Greg, it is a different look for your work, I bet it was a change of pace for you, no bunch of sanding needed :-)

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased." http://www.cajunpen.com/

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Greg..the Cajun Box Sculptor

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#6 posted 08-20-2014 03:45 AM

Andy… I used Minwax Polycrilic brush on satin. I put on about 10 coats and sanded with 320 grit bewtween each coat. After the last coat I buffed it out. The finish had a bit more shine from the buffing than I wanted…so I rubbed it out with a synthetic pad.

Bill…thanks…mostly machine sanding but still a bit done by hand.

-- We all must start somewhere in our journey of doing what we love to do.

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Boxguy

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#7 posted 08-20-2014 04:13 AM

Andy, this is pretty Plain Jane for you. The wood and work is splendid. The water based finish I tried raised the grain more than I liked. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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Monte Pittman

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#8 posted 08-20-2014 11:22 AM

I really like the grain of the sinker cypress. Great finish. About once a year I try water based poly. Just can’t get it right.

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

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gfadvm

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#9 posted 08-20-2014 01:39 PM

Thanks Greg

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

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ScottM

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#10 posted 08-20-2014 07:22 PM

Nicely done!. Are you kidding? A 16” wide board? I’m going to have to make a trip to LA to find some of that!!

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TheWoodenOyster

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#11 posted 08-20-2014 08:07 PM

That sinker cypress is killer. Great looking box

-- The Wood Is Your Oyster

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Richard

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#12 posted 08-21-2014 08:12 PM

Looks very nice. Even you Fancy Box Makers have to get back to Basics every so often.

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#13 posted 08-25-2014 12:43 PM

I think it’s very elegant Greg. Super nice, clean build. That wood is very nice as well.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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