|Project by maplerock||posted 07-23-2015 10:49 PM||3983 views||10 times favorited||24 comments|
I like unusual wood. When my friend Boxguy and I go out looking for woods to create our boxes, we bypass the perfect grains and ordinary boards. Instead, we look for unique features. It might be a bit of gall, a neat looking knot, worm holes, or any distinguishing features. Kind of like the mole on Cindy Crawford, or Dolly Partons… hair.
It is fun to find a wood that I know will cause people to look twice. This particular box has great streaks of red colors throughout. I generally don’t use stains on my boxes (but soon I might post a new creation that I did stain). All of these colors are natural. It has been finished by lots of sanding through grits of 80, 120, 240, 320, 400, and 600. Then cleaned with compressed air and rubbed down with alcohol. After that, one or two coats of MinWax tung oil, and two to four coats of Min Wax wipe on poly. 0000 steel wool between coats makes a nice, smooth box.
I titled this “Blood Wood Box”, but actually most of the box is made of Box Elder. There is a furniture grade plywood bottom, and splines of Afromosia. I like to use the same type of wood for the tray when I have enough, which I did here.
This box is a head turner. Like I said, we like to select woods that attract attention. We are kind of vain that way. :-) The top is odd too, with bark edged holes, that almost go all the way through. They create a quite unusual look. You sure wouldn’t want cabinets made with it, and the irregularities don’t allow for many practical uses like tables or furniture. For my box though, it’s perfect.
I hope you like it.
-- Jerry... making sawdust in the Knobs of Southern Indiana