cherry & walnut boxes

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Project by LarryB posted 03-16-2015 12:55 PM 1872 views 6 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Cherry box has a band of walnut/maple strips on lid. Used a Georgian Cherry gel stain on the exterior and several coats of poly. I’ve been saving a piece of highly figured walnut for something special. I resawed and booked the lid. No stain, but several coats of poly. It was fun figuring the angles and bevels for the lids. Both boxes measure about 15” long x 9” deep x 7” high. Presented them as gifts to two different longtime friends.
By the way – I’m not happy with wipe on poly. Haven’t been able to get a nice built up finish.(????) Ended up sanding most of it off and went back to brushing to get the smooth sheen, especially on the lids.
Thanks for looking!

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#1 posted 03-16-2015 01:31 PM

Your problem with the wipe on finish could be the figure of the walnut. The grain density varies drastically as the crotch grain shows. You might have better luck sealing it with shellac first. I rarely brush on a final coat, due to the ease of laying thin smooth coats by wiping on the finish. Good luck, don’t give up on the wipe-on finish.

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#2 posted 03-16-2015 01:53 PM

The boxes look great. I like the angled lid design.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#3 posted 03-16-2015 03:42 PM

Nice wood and workmanship. I agree- do not give up on WOP.

-- "There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as if everything is."– Albert Einstein

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#4 posted 03-16-2015 05:13 PM

On all of my boxes I make I use 3-4 coats of Tung oil and then apply wax and buff out. Easy to apply and I am happy with the results.

When I use a highly figured pieces from walnut, I will start with an agressive sanding disk (80 grit), sand to 100 grit, 150 grit and then 220. Then I apply my tung oil, nice results.

On Cherry, I use an old trick I was taught years ago, baking soda and water. Mix the baking soda and water, apply it all over with a rag. Let it dry and sand lightly. Apply your tung oil and the cherry will darken to look like aged wood. Simple and easy and I love the results.

Oh yea I am sorry, love the boxes, nice design.

-- Jim,

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#5 posted 03-17-2015 11:16 AM

They look great. I’m impressed with the angles on the lid.

-- Whatever you find to do with your hands, do it with all your might,... because there is no work in the grave...Ecclesiastes 9:10

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#6 posted 03-17-2015 03:20 PM

Thanks! I especially appreciate your suggestions and encouragement!
I will try the tung oil. Also the shellac as well as the soda & water treatment.
Very interesting.

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