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Project by Brodan posted 11-27-2015 07:54 PM 954 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Walnut box. First try at resawing lumber (5/4 walnut I picked up recently) and cutting dovetails.
Finished with several coats of amber shellac.

-- Dan, TN

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#1 posted 11-28-2015 02:35 PM

Shellac on walnut always look fantastic… the grain almost has a 3D effect…

Good work!

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#2 posted 11-28-2015 02:36 PM

Nice idea, I take it the front door was from a mail box. nicely decorated, have not seen one nice as that.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#3 posted 11-29-2015 02:18 PM

Thanks guys. Dave, Still a newbie with the finishing. Was hoping for an aged look vs a high sheen. Hand rubbed several coats with steel wool between coats. Really made the grain stand out.

Brian, my bride and I like to frequent antigue stores. During a recent trek through CT we came across this post office box door. Sellers didn’t have the combination ( or know how to figure it out) so it came pretty cheap.

-- Dan, TN

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#4 posted 11-29-2015 02:52 PM

Dan, short of trying every possible combination how do you figure out the combination?

Keep on woodworking.

-- "I love it when a plan comes together" John "Hannibal" Smith

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#5 posted 11-29-2015 08:58 PM

That’s very nice. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#6 posted 11-29-2015 09:46 PM

Wood sawdust, The mechanism is exposed on the back of the door assembly. It is a “right left right” combination. By watching when the groove lines up you can see what the combination is.

-- Dan, TN

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