Oak Pencil Box with Walnut Lid

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Project by Jim Crockett (USN Retired) posted 06-23-2009 09:23 PM 1559 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

First commissioned box – a simple little pencil box for our next door neighbor – $25.00. Oak body with walnut top and cherry shopmade pull. Had fits with finishing the top. The walnut was steamed and had only a light gray color. Mixed 4 drops of Red-Brown TransTint dye with Zinnser SealCoat shellac and applied three coats. The problem came with runover when attempting to do either the top or bottom. Took it back down to bare wood twice! In the pictures, it looks like the rounded edges of the top are rough but this is actually the flash effect on the shellac… the edges are very smooth.

Oak body has Royal Oak stain with a couple of coats of satin Arm-R-Seal on top of which I applied a light coat of wax.

Pull finished with cherry Watco Danish Oil and a couple of hand wiped coats of Arm-R-Seal gloss.


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#1 posted 06-23-2009 09:32 PM

You’re neighbour got a great deal ,this is sweet and a lot of work too anyway that’s what neighbours are for God Bless Alistair

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#2 posted 06-23-2009 09:35 PM

Hey Jim
Looks good and a happy customer

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#3 posted 06-23-2009 11:07 PM

very nice job on the box Jim, I really like the way the top came out I will have to try your method sometime.

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#4 posted 06-24-2009 01:41 AM

Great little box. Your neighbor should be very pleased.

Love the walnut top It goes good wth the oak.

Keep it up.


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#5 posted 06-24-2009 08:13 AM

Looks good from here :-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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