|Project by Joe Brumley||posted 01-06-2009 07:04 AM||3101 views||15 times favorited||19 comments|
In August of 2008, just before I started my new job, I took a weekend veneer class with Bill Hull at the Marc Adams School of woodworking. The course focused on veneering techniques by applying them to this little jewelry box. We used veneer bags so while I learned that veneering is tricky the bags make it a lot easier. The class was great and Bill is a great instructor and super nice person. Even in the hectic weekend class he still had time to field each question.
I finally got around to putting a finish on it and attaching the lid this past weekend. I was going to shellac it and try a french polish but I found this really nice wax that has a lavender scent and just couldn’t resist. I have also never used wax and since this was a little box I thought it would be easier. It took about an hour and a half to apply the finish and buff it out. I used a heat gun to melt the wax into the wood. That worked really well for getting it in the corners too. I am pretty pleased with how the finish worked out so now I will see how well it stands up to use.
The only noticeable flaw is in the top. I had the piece of veneer sitting under one of the veneer covers that we were using and one of the helpers grabbed and ripped the piece of veneer. I could have gotten a new piece but since it was learning situation I tried to use veneer tape and pull up the rip. Well that worked initially but as the glue dried the crack opened up and that is how it stayed. I tried to fill it with some sawdust and epoxy but that did not work either. I know what to do next time though.
For the photos I decided to try Blake’s technique of using a piece of dark velvet for the photo background. Thanks, Blake. I look all professional now.
-- Joe, Indiana, http://www.crookedshack.com