|Project by fawig||posted 02-14-2009 01:31 PM||1801 views||5 times favorited||8 comments|
I made this display case for the flag from my Grandfather’s funeral out of a very old piece of curly maple. This project had several “firsts” for me – I had never worked with curly maple before (beautiful wood, but very hard), I had never worked with really old wood before (wow, did it suck up the glue fast!), I had never cut box joints on a 45 degree angle before (needed to build a jig), and I had never used dye before (I’ve always been a stain person).
My woodworking buddy (John8059) had highly recommended the dye process for curly maple (as did my friends at Woodcraft). After spraying the project with Honey Amber, I must admit I was disappointed – it looked dull and the color was somewhat splotchy. I was already resigning myself to a lot of sanding to remove the dye. John was confident that I would change my mind after applying the finish, and he was right! After a couple of coats of poly, the grain was spectacular!
-- "I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength." Phil 4:13