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Project by Mauricio posted 01-08-2015 05:16 PM 1554 views 3 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a box I made for my Mother-In-Law over the Christmas break.

All done by hand: Dovetails, raised panels etc.

I used a board of the nicer “Select” Pine they sell at HD.

I also took another crack at using Shellac on this one. Previous attempts have not been that great but after watching the Paul Sellers Master Class video on brushing shellac I think I’ve got it figured out. Not perfect but my best results yet.

Any questions or comments welcome.

Thanks for looking!

Mauricio

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch





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terryR

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#1 posted 01-08-2015 05:30 PM

Looks great, Maur.
Very clean work!
The raised panel is a sweet touch…

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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luv2learn

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#2 posted 01-08-2015 05:39 PM

Very nice work Maur. and time consuming as well but I will bet your Mother-in-Law is very pleased with her box.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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Brit

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#3 posted 01-08-2015 05:41 PM

Nice skillset Mauricio and you used my favorite catch too. Looks the business.

-- Andy -- "I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free." (Michelangelo)

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#4 posted 01-08-2015 06:01 PM

Nice DTs Maur. I’m climbing the shellac learning curve as well.

-- "The only limits to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today." - FDR

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#5 posted 01-08-2015 06:35 PM

Nicely executed. Nothing looks better on pine than shellac. Big clap on the back for this one.

-- http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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#6 posted 01-08-2015 06:45 PM

Looks nice Mauricio!

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - http://www.youtube.com/MosquitoMods - http://www.TheModsquito.com

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shipwright

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#7 posted 01-08-2015 06:56 PM

Very nice looking box Mauricio. It’s hard to keep soft pine pristine like that.

toolsforworkingwood sells a really nice shellac brush it makes a world of difference. Not cheap, but with shellac it will always clean.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees. http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/

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Mauricio

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#8 posted 01-08-2015 07:30 PM

Thanks for the encouragement guys!

Paul, thanks for the recommendation on the brush. I know the brush can make all the difference. If I was going to do a lot of shellac I would definitely get one.

I used a natural bristle Hake brush, I think that’s the one that PS uses. I was surprised at the price, I was prepared to spend some money on a good brush at the art store, but the Hake only costs a couple of bucks. I’m sure its not as good as those Ox Hair brushes at TFWW though.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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Mauricio

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#9 posted 01-08-2015 07:33 PM

By the way, you know what sucks about shallac’ing pine. If you get a dent in the wood that you then plane smooth, the shellac makes that dent pop up! This sucks after a few coats of shellac because when you sand between coats you will sand through the finish on those bumps which highlights them…

How do you get around that? Pre soak the wood with alcohol before starting the process?

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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Boxguy

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#10 posted 01-08-2015 08:05 PM

Mauricio, you have a very impressive array of projects that you have posted. This box is especially well done. I like the skill and patience involved in this simple clean design. This is a very old school approach and shows fine craftsmanship.

This is the first hardware hinge I have seen that I like. Where did you buy it?

I get it that shellac has a look you like, but since boxes get a lot of wear and touching, you might consider this hand-applied method of finish sometime.

I am curious, why you did not finish the box on the inside and top edge?

Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#11 posted 01-08-2015 08:15 PM

Im lovin it Maur! Amber shellac on pine is the best look IMO, ya did great on the finish. How did you attach the bottom of the box if I may ask? Ive had a 4 sided dovetailed box with no bottom kicking around for far too long.

-- rock, chalk, jayhawk

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Mauricio

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#12 posted 01-08-2015 08:22 PM

Big Al, Thanks for your comments sir.

The hasp is from rockler, I like how it looks but don’t like how its made, its thin stamped metal. I wasn’t very excited about paying $7.50 for it. Just didn’t have time look for something better since my MIL is leaving town soon.

Why shellac? I thought it would be fast and odorless. I don’t have much concern about its durability, I think it will hold up to the way she will use it. Also just wanted to use it as a skill builder. I would probably use something else in the future.

The inside and edges are finished but just with a couple of light seal coats. I wanted to keep it light colored.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#13 posted 01-08-2015 08:24 PM

Stef, Thanks Man! The top and bottom are set into 1/4” groove I plowed with the old Stanley #45! It was a lot of fun.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#14 posted 01-08-2015 08:26 PM

Thank you kind sir. Needs me a 45. They do look like a gang of fun.

-- rock, chalk, jayhawk

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Mauricio

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#15 posted 01-08-2015 08:28 PM

I use it mostly for plowing and beading but its nice to have all the other option.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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