|Project by CharlieM1958||posted 05-30-2009 10:31 PM||2591 views||4 times favorited||44 comments|
This little box has a couple of “firsts” for me. I’ve been seeing some nice boxes with inlaid corners posted, and I wanted to give that a try. Secondly, I’ve never rubbed out a finish with pumice and rottenstone before. Now I see why this is the preferred method of a lot of experts. Even thoughI’ve got some flaws in my finish due to less-than-perfect surface prep and grain filling, I was still very impressed with the results.
I used a water-based polyurethane because I wanted to maintain the natural color of the bookmatched top panels, and oil-based finishes tend to warm things up quite a bit. I wiped on about 5 coats with a foam brush, sanded with 320 down to 1000 grit, polished with #0000 steel wool to a dull but very smooth surface, then rubbed out with a paste of parrafin oil and FF pumice, followed by more oil with rottenstone. Finally, I gave it a coat of paste wax.
Overall dimensions are approx. 2 1/2” x 3 1/2” x 7 1/2”.
-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"