|Project by kresso||posted 12-18-2015 07:33 PM||891 views||1 time favorited||8 comments|
My boss is retiring and is a wood turner so I decided to make him this box and get him a certificate to a local wood store with a bunch of turning blanks and stuff. He gave me my first job out of college at the place of my dreams and I was really grateful to him. The sides of the box are Honduran rosewood and the top is maple burl veneer. I chose the rosewood because I had lived in Honduras for a while and wanted it to represent me relocating to work at my current employment. I also wanted to do the veneer since I had never done that before to represent him taking a chance on me and hiring me for an area that I had no experience in but really wanting to do.
I have only been woodworking for a little bit with this my 3rd “fine” woodworking project (one of which was a similar style box). People are pretty familiar with putting the box together and then cutting off the top, which is what I did here. I made a 45 degree cross cut sled which made the sides a lot easier to use. The glue up was done using tape on the outsides of the joints and then wrapped together. putting the tops and bottoms inset. After it dried I cut the top off so all the grain would match.
For the veneer I put it on some 5mm laun plywood from the home center which was a bad idea. When I first cut it it was laying flat. Since it was so small and area I decided to use normal wood glue (and that is all I had). I glued up the panels and put some really heavy weights on them. The veneer seems to have held on nicely but I didn’t make the boxes right away and after a couple of days they were super potato chiped. I was able to bend them into place during the glue up but when I cut the top off it warped somewhat as well. I did a bunch of sanding to flatten where the lid and body meet (i need to get a big powered sanding disk instead of a sheet of sandpaper on a granite tile). The veneer was pretty poorly sliced and while I was sanding it to get rid of the marks left on it i sanded through some of it. I cut down the panel to remove that and didn’t sand much more so there are some milling marks. Probably shouldn’t have used burl for my first veneer, cause it was a pain. I put two strips of the rosewood inside the box to keep the lid in place.
For the finish I used Watco natural danish oil. It looked great and I put on three coats. Then I noticed that it seemed to be weeping finish from some of the pores. I looked online and read you shouldn’t use oil on rosewood. Woops. It seemed like after time it would stop but I didn’t have much time before my boss left so I decided to wax the whole box which would hopefully push the finish out of the pores. I did two coats of wax but the next day there was still some weeping. Then I turned on a space heater by the box to 90 deg and buffed the box out every half an hour for about 5 hours. And then let it sit overnight by the heater. The next day I didn’t see any weeping at all. It still had an odor (Some danish oil seeped around the lid into the inside and I don’t think it cured or will very well. I should have prefinished the panels) but I had to hand it off.
I was going to put some splines in the miters, but the panel seemed plenty busy enough that I decided not to. Hopefully since it is just a decorative box, the extra strength loss won’t matter.
Any critique would be appreciated. (What do you think of wood types? Should I have used splines? Tips on this type of construction?)
P.S. I ended up buying like 15 bf of rosewood because they said if I take it all it could get it at 75% off. What is a good finish that give a nice close to the wood feel, but i can use on the rosewood?
-- -Matthew Kress