|Project by LesB||posted 01-09-2009 02:14 AM||1716 views||2 times favorited||10 comments|
Here is a Myrtlewood toy chest I made for a granddaughter. Her sister got one just like it in Mahogany. I have made 5 so far and it looks like I will need two more before I’m done. I try to use a different wood for each chest but two of the boys have gotten good old durable oak chests designed more like army foot lockers, leather handles and all.
As a commented on another LJ contributor I am always concerned about the lid coming down on little fingers so I tend to overdo the lid supports. You can see this one has two when one was probably sufficient.
This chest was finished with 4 costs of water base varathane rubbed out with carnauba wax and steel wool. With Myrtlewood I have found that you have to do a good job of sealing it or the wood darkens quickly. Oil finish makes the darkening even worse.
-- Les B, Oregon