|Project by Patrick Garrett||posted 10-03-2014 03:28 AM||2962 views||19 times favorited||8 comments|
This is the wine box I just finished for my sister’s wedding ceremony. The sides are curly maple with padauk miter splines and the top is bloodwood (satine) with a wenge lift. Inside the wine holders are Padauk supported by more curly maple. Finish is gloss spray lacquer with Renaissance paste wax.
I’m especially happy with how 3-dimensional the top is as you look at it from different angles, lots of chatoyance.
The bloodwood was a bear to smooth due to wildly reversing grain – I tried light passes with my power planer (lots of tearout), super fine shavings with my L-N 62 hand plane (lots of tearout), and finally resorted to the random-orbit sander.
The solid top is a last-minute happy accident. I started with a panel top using the same curly maple as the box sides and a padauk raised panel in the middle, but it was the victim of a crowded workbench. Turns out the miter splines were no match for a 3-ft drop onto cement floor, and I decided not to try to resurrect the top. I noticed that I had a piece of bloodwood just the right width, and was a lot happier with the look of it.
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