|Project by Grumpymike||posted 05-10-2015 12:30 AM||1107 views||2 times favorited||13 comments|
I take each family member to the woodworker’s store and have them wander through the stock and find a board that they like top make their special keepsake box from. Well, this time my daughter picked out a piece of Black Palm.
Having never worked with Black Palm, I was in for a big surprise.
Black Palm is a hard, brittle, and wily wood that has no real grain to it. so no mater what tool you use on it, it will shatter leaving bunches of splinters … I had more slivers making this box than I had last year!
After I had the carcass assembled with box joints and the bottom in place with dado’s I was ready for the lid, so for contrast I picked out a piece of Curly Maple or Tiger Maple if you will, That was sitting on the shelf and did a couple of inlays.
The crown and base are Mansonia, an unusual wood that blended nicely with the Black Palm and the maple.
The feet are scraps of Sepele, and the whole thing is finished with one coat of BLO and four coats of clear shellac.
I tried the Iron on laser printer trick for the name and it worked well until the shellac hit it and it bled (waaah).
so there is an etched mirror that will take it’s place.
Thanks for lookin’ and comments are welcome.
-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.