|Project by Walnut_Weasel||posted 09-09-2009 01:13 AM||6699 views||8 times favorited||17 comments|
Well of course since I have started woodworking my wife has been relentless in asking for me to make her something. So, since her birthday is coming up, I thought I had better get off my butt and make her something. I think she was very happy with the results!
This is the 4th bandsaw box that I have made to date. It is made from a solid chunk of leopardwood (only about 3” sq) with a brass pin used as a hinge for the lid. I finished it with 2 coats of Watco natural danish oil and 5 or 6 coats of Minwax wipe-on gloss poly.
This project had several firsts for me – which is easy to accomplish when you are a newbie.
1) This is the first time working with leopardwood. I was pleasantly surprised at how well it worked. Very solid and heavy wood that sanded very well. However I did encounter a new problem. When sanding the top and bottom flat on my small belt sander, they both cupped very bad. I think this was a result of needing a new belt. The old belt is just about worn out and I think too much heat was generated while removing the saw marks from the bandsaw on the very thin wood. So I ended up spending a good 2-3 hours hand sanding the cups out of the top and bottom. (yes, they were cupped that bad!)
2) This is the first time that I have made a “hinge” from scratch. I knew that I wanted to have a piece of brass showing because I thought it would look nice with the rich color of the leopardwood…but I had a hard time figuring out how to make it. I kicked around the idea of just buying a piece of brass rod and cutting a chunk off of it, but I really wanted it to have a shoulder to prevent the lid from coming off. So what I came up with was buying a crowned brass machine screw with a straight screwdriver slot and taking a file to it until the entire slot was removed. Then I sanded it through the grits from 150 down to 320. Once it was sanded I used a polishing wheel on my Dremel to put a mirror finish on it. Then I CA glued it into place in the box.
3) This is my first attempt at using poly of any kind. As everyone said, wipe-on poly is pretty hard to screw up and it shows because it ended up looking great! However, I did have hard time getting a good finish with it on the end grain of the box. Someone suggested that I may try to fill the grain prior to finishing to help reduce the number of coats needed on the end grain in the future. If anyone else has suggestions please let me know.
All and all I am pretty happy with the results. If anyone has suggestions, comments, or questions let me know. Thanks for looking!!
-- James - www.walnutweasel.wordpress.com