|Project by Durnik150||posted 05-25-2009 10:15 AM||2603 views||8 times favorited||13 comments|
Maxx gave me a piece of Sweet Gum wood. It was about 2” square and about 10” long. It was really colorful wood, even when dry. I mulled it over for a while and decided to do a little lift top box.
I cut the stick in half and glued them back together on their side grain. Unlike most of the other boxes I do, I didn’t cut the back off and then proceed with the drawer. This box is formed by lopping off the sides, cutting the lid from what’s left of the core, and then cutting the bottom from the bottom of the core. Set the core aside and put it all back together again. You have to do a little material removal to get the lid to lift and drop cleanly and that can be a little frustrating at times.
I applied a coat of natural stain and then moved forward with the thinned poly and 0000 steel wool. As you can see from the inside, the finish really brought out the contrast of the reds and browns with the white and cream colors. A little brass knob on the top of the lid grants access.
The box is really small, about 4” wide, 4” deep, and not quite 2” tall.
This was an afternoon project in between some of my bigger projects and was also an experiment to see how the sweet gum would turn out. I like the Sweet Gum and have been looking for more but it’s kinda hard to find. I didn’t see the layer of dust on the lid until after I got done loading up the pictures. An occupational hazard I know you are all familiar with.
-- Behind the Bark is a lot of Heartwood----Charles, Centennial, CO