|Project by jmartel||posted 10-17-2014 02:43 AM||1665 views||2 times favorited||12 comments|
Here’s the box that I made jeffswildwood for the box swap.
I used a photo that I found online of Patos Island up in the San Juan Islands as the basis for this box. These islands to the north are home to 3 resident pods of Orcas and they swim up and down the Haro Strait between the San Juans and Vancouver Island, BC, Canada. As far as I know, it’s one of the only places you can go to and reliably whale watch from shore.
This was the first all veneer box that I’ve done. The ones in the past have been solid wood sides and a veneered top. The sides are Waterfall Bubinga, and I also included 3 12” long sheets of this bubinga for him. The trim is solid maple around the edges.
On the top, I used cherry for the water, walnut burl for the shore, oak for the sandy area, poplar for the hills, maple for the sky, maple and holly for the lighter sections of the lighthouse, bloodwood and padauk for the roof (difference between the two after finish wasn’t as great as I had hoped), mountain was some dyed white veneer that I found, and the orca is dyed black veneer, with dyed white “eye” patch, and some walnut sap wood for the behind the dorsal fin patch.
The inner portion of the box is veneered in maple.
The hinges are SOSS invisible hinges which are a pain in the butt to install, but look nice after it’s all finished.
I also included 2 pieces of 5/8” and one piece of 1/4” Birds Eye maple. All of which came from the same 8/4 piece, so it’s all able to be bookmatched.
Unfortunately, I had some problem with the original lacquer finish. It never got past the tacky stage, so I had to scrape and sand it off. This resulted in some of the veneer being sanded through. There wasn’t enough time to fix it, so I put a few coats of Danish oil on it and had to send it out.
-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.