|Project by Shopsmithtom||posted 04-27-2009 10:16 PM||2082 views||3 times favorited||12 comments|
Let me start by saying that all the wood in this box is what I’ll call “throw away” wood.
The box is made from 4 different woods. Pine, white ash, mahogany, and maple. The ash for the sides came from a branch that broke off of a white ash in our woods that went over in a storm a while back. The mahogany, (lid & base), maple (floor) and pine (inset) came from a pallet dump site at our local landfill. I browse the pile for project wood several times in the summer.
The focal point is the pine I set into the top. After I planed the pine pallet boards, I realized that 2 of them were bookmatched grain, and the location of a knot gave the pieces an almost perfect heart shape when placed together. The camera shot makes one side of the heart seem more distinct, but but that’s only on photos. In person, the look is balanced. At the time I saw this, I had no idea what to do with it…only that I needed to make something. As Mother’s day approached, I decided on a jewelry box for my wife who puts up with my Shopsmith fettish. Also in the works is a necklace that has a faceted crystal heart as the focal point, along with birthstones of both our boys, being made by a local jewelry maker, to be placed in the box.
I’m thinking that I won’t be hearing any complaints about having too many shopsmiths for a while, although that’s not why I did it.
The pine heart panel was sanded to 320 grit and rubbed with fine steel wool and given several coats of clear shellac, rubbed with steel wool between coats. No stain was used. The rest of the box was sealed with a wash coat of reduced Zinsser clear shellac reduced to about a 2 lb cut, (give or take) and given a gel stain coat of mahogany stain, and finish coats of clear shellac, rubbed between coats. It has a hinged lid. I wish I could say that the dovetails were hand cut, but I can’t…that will have to come to a later project after much practice, but it sure feels great to get back to making something, nonetheless. -SST
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