My first attempt(s) - 2

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Project by Coxy23 posted 07-02-2015 02:59 AM 1076 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After seeing so many awesome boxes on LJ, I decided it was time to make one….well, three actually. This and two other posts will show them all…that I made at the same time. This one is spalted maple with purpleheart keys on the corners as well as the top, bottom, handle and tray runners. The tray is spalted maple. The bottom is covered with felt. It is about 5×7 x 11, is sanded to 400 and finished with 2 coats of mineral oil / beeswax in a 4:1 ratio…my new favorite. I learned a lot but clearly need to get better. This was my first use of purpleheart…I didn’t know about the color changes it undergoes after sanding and how UV light brings it back…weird. I gave this one to my son for his birthday. Thanks to all who post such great boxes so that I may be inspired and learn.

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#1 posted 07-02-2015 03:06 AM

Nice looking box.

Care to elaborate more on the mineral oil/ beeswax mix ??
Do you melt the beeswax and then mix it ?/


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#2 posted 07-02-2015 03:16 AM

Thanks Dave, I appreciate the feedback.

I started using this finish when I was looking for something safe to use on some building blocks I made for my granddaughter. I simply put 16 oz of mineral into a bowl and melted 4 oz of pure beeswax into it by microwaving it. I have found that it can be applied as a liquid (that it turns into with heating) or as a semi solid (which it turns into upon cooling). Its a bit easier as a liquid but no big deal either way. I just use a rag to rub it on and a clean rag to wipe it off a bit later. I generally put on a couple of coats. It can be reapplied later as needed….which I discovered with the blocks.

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#3 posted 07-02-2015 04:43 AM

Like this one even more so!

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#4 posted 07-02-2015 04:13 PM

I looked at all 3 and they are all great looking boxes, but this is my favorite.

-- Don Solomon, New Castle, IN; Quality is not an act, it is a habit. Aristotle

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#5 posted 07-02-2015 04:17 PM

Great looking box! I love the spalting.

-- "I love it when a plan comes together" John "Hannibal" Smith

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#6 posted 07-02-2015 10:43 PM

Very nice, clean work. I like the color contrast.

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#7 posted 07-03-2015 12:24 PM

Great looking box and very nicely made too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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