|Project by jumbojack||posted 12-21-2015 07:04 PM||1138 views||1 time favorited||12 comments|
Several years ago a group of Birch trees died at the house across the street. They sat dead for about a year until one day a young couple bought the house and dropped the trees. I asked them for the rounds as they sat there for a few days. I got an emphatic YES get them out of here.
I wheelbarrowed them home and milled them. MUCH to my delight they had some nice Spalding. They sat in my wood yard for a year stickered.
Last year I made a box for a Christmas gift and this year I made a very similar one for the neighbors that gifted me the wood.
There was a lot of this lumber that had gone past spalting and was rotten, but I was able to get enough for a 12” x 9” box.
I venerred some wild curly maple on both sides of some 3/16” ply for the lid. I have finally figured out how to get a nearly invisible joint in the bookmatching of veneer. Both sides sides turned out really nice.
I reinforced the miters with some ebony and mortsed in a thumb lift with the ebony as well. I also pinned the thumb lift with a 1/16” copper nail that I cut flush. It adds a little strength and a little bling IF you even notice it. Perhaps a little design surprise when found.
The Brusso hinges, purchased during one of their sales, were mortised in. Hinges are always a challenge for me; getting the mounting holes ‘just’ right. I have taken to locating the holes with a large sewing needle, then with an awl. This gives an exact starting place for the brad point bit. I use a hand drill for this procedure as I have more control with the depth and angle.
Applying finish was a challenge as we have actually been getting some rain here in the parched Sacramento valley. Between storms I was able to get several coats of lacquer applied. I rubbed it all down with some 400 grit between the 4th and 5th coat. The finish was silky smooth without being slick. A couple coats of Johnson’s paste wax applied with 4x steel wool adds to the touch factor.
The box was delivered this morning as a surprise gift. They were very pleased and that pleases me
Thanks for suffering through this long winded post..
MERRY CHRISTMAS to all.
-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith