|Project by Durnik150||posted 08-03-2009 11:44 PM||2116 views||0 times favorited||11 comments|
“FEED ME SEYMOUR!!!” You almost expect to hear the box steal that line from “Little Shop of Horrors”.
When I made the green pod box earlier this year my wife thought it was great and she wanted me to make one for her, with a couple of suggestions/improvements of course. She wanted the body to be green and the pulls to be brown just like the other one. But, she wanted the drawer faces to be more “flowery” colors. She mentioned pink and purple. I just could’t do pink so decided on blue.
This is based on the same design as the first box with both “pods” rising up from the base and winding around each other. Last time I had a huge problem getting into the tighter channels in order to complete the sanding. This time I left myself a little more room and the task was a little easier, but still difficult. I added a couple of soft curves and shaping that I didn’t do last time.
This was my first experiment with analine dyes. On Poplar the color just soaked riight in and turned out deeper than I had expected. If this had been maple or a harder wood I thnk it wouldn’t have soaked up quite as much. I also didn’t sand much after the dyes had dried because I wanted a fuller, more complete filling color.
I thinned out a little semi-gloss polyurethane and put on a total of three coats. 0000 steel wool helped fade the edges a little bit and evened out a couple brush lines in the dye and the poly.
Overall the box reminds me of AUDREY 2 from “Little Shop of Horrors” so we have dubbed the box Audrey 2. My wife took it to school with her so as long as it doesn’t start eating the students, we’ll be fine!
The box is 12” high, 5” across and 5” deep and is made from laminated Poplar that I pulled out of the deal bin at Rockler a few months ago. Overall this box is a little too FUNKY for my tastes so I don’t see me making any more unless someone asks specifically. I learned a lot from working with the Analine dyes and will use them a bunch in the future.
Thanks for taking a look.
-- Behind the Bark is a lot of Heartwood----Charles, Centennial, CO