|Project by Jeremiah||posted 09-19-2014 01:27 PM||1746 views||3 times favorited||10 comments|
Like so many of the prodjects i do for myself, this one took forever and grew bigger than expected.
At first i just wanted a small box to keep my cuff links and tie clips in. Then i thought it would be nice to have a spot for my money clip and/or pocket knife. I have my conceal carry and i often just sit my handgun on a shelf in my bedroom, so it clearly needed a better home.
Box body- Gancalo Alves
Trim and pulls – Curly Maple
Inside of lid – Quilted Maple
Dividers – tiger maple
Top of lid – mahogany, walnut and cherry
The design is based on a piece of art done in the mid 60s by a Spanish artist (i belief) It is 8×11 and YES each one of those triangles is a separate piece of veneer that i made myself. The “art” of the lid took almost as long to do as the whole rest of the box!
The black velvet and foam things that hold the cuff links, is a ring display piece i bought from Rockler a long time ago and never used.
If you are wondering about the penny, it’s my way of dating the work i do. I usually use a penny or nickle and place it in a non-visible area. But with this piece, i felt like having it show.
Lastly the finish. This was new finish technique for me. here is how it went:
1) Sand to 220
2) Grain fill (TimberMate is my favorite by far)
3) Shellac (blond)
Here is where i differed from my normal process
4) Sprayed on water based poly, about 5 Gillion coats (or 8-9)
5) let it completely cure
6) sanded all the way up to 1000
7) pumices stone
9) buffed on a clean loose cotton wheel
What i would do different:
Use a brush lacquer instead of the water based poly. the water based Poly never got hard enough to polish well and while it didn’t yellow anything, it did give a slightly cloudy finish
Thanks for looking, feel free to ask any questions or give feedback, i always like to hear feedback (especially when they start with “WOW You are my new hero” or “The sheer artistry of it made me weep”) but any old question or comment will do :D