|Project by Mean_Dean||posted 01-20-2015 12:43 AM||4057 views||29 times favorited||33 comments|
This is a jewelry box I made for a friend for Christmas.
It is made out of curly maple for the body, and walnut for the lid and legs. I got the basic plan out of a box-making book, but modified it a little. I make the legs tapered, and cut Greene & Greene cloud lifts into the bottoms of all the sides, giving the box a bit of an Asian look.
The interior has dividers, and has a faux suede covering on the bottom.
The dimensions are: 11”W x 6”D x 3”H.
The finish is clear, dewaxed shellac. I’ve learned over the years that Danish oil, and/or oil-based polyurethane leave odors inside the box for years – thus the shellac. I did however hit the walnut with two coats of home-brewed Danish oil to get the rich brown color. The shellac topcoat then sealed up the aroma of the oil.
Now for the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.
The Good: I used Marc Spagnuolo’s formula for popping the figure of curly maple, and it seemed to work pretty well. Also, the popping process gave the maple a light brown color which works well with the walnut.
The Bad: I brushed on two coats of the shellac. The second coat dried a little rough to the touch, so I was able to smooth it out with a brown paper bag (thank you Bob Flexner!), without changing the sheen.
The Ugly: The inside dividers had a little glue squeeze-out that I didn’t notice until I put the shellac on. It doesn’t seem to be noticable to her, but I noticed it – and it is a finishing error……..
Thanks for looking, and any comments are appreciated!
-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN