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Poplar brush holder with box joints from my jig... and my first dye job

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Project by mtkate posted 10-19-2009 12:39 AM 1621 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Making this box was an interesting journey. I downloaded sketchup in order to mock up ideas for my new kitchen… but took a small sidestep to see if I could sketch a small teabox that Rah had posted. That ended up in having to create a box joint jig (posted here: http://lumberjocks.com/projects/22112 ).

I finally tested it out properly and am so pleased with that jig. This was just a test. I had planed down some poplar to 1 cm thick and the box joint jig was set up to make a 1 cm box joint. Thanks to the folks who posted responses to my blog. I would have never thought of poplar.

I decided since it was just a test box, I would experiment with finish. The first pic is with a flash, so the color I used to finish looks brighter than reality. The other four pics are closer to the truth.

For the finishing, I first made up my shellac (1/2 cup of super blonde shellac flakes with 500 ml of denatured alcohol). I think the mix is full strength – what you call 1 lb cut? That took about 24 hours to fully dissolve even though I shook and shook. Then I bought myself some pigment (it’s called “Mars Violet”) and mixed 1/2 cup of the shellac with 1 tbsp of the pigment. I just swooshed it around a bit and it looked ready. I used an artist’s paintbrush – ie. something you would use for watercolors – to brush it on. It goes on like a dream. There was a small patch that did not want to take at first but I waited a few minutes and touched it up. It worked like a charm. After 24 hours of drying I put on a few coats of exterior varnish. I am going to keep my glue brushes in it.

The third and last pictures – I call them my money shots. I can’t believe that this box is square. And the joints are decent. I see some more projects with box joints in the future. Or more jigs.





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#1 posted 10-19-2009 12:47 AM

Proof is in the pudding.
You aced this one Mtkate!
You are certianly taking on this craft like a lowly apprentice.
Thiat’s a good thing BTW.
Whe you build your own finishes and sort out whjat maes thing “tcik” you are well on your way to a happy journey in working wood.

“Money shot” – now that’s funny! <vbg>
Maybe it was jsut all that super blond shellac.

Cheers
Bob

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#2 posted 10-19-2009 12:48 AM

Proof is in the pudding.
You aced this one Mtkate!
You are certainly taking on this craft like a lowly apprentice.
That’s a good thing BTW.
When you build your own finishes and sort out what makes things “tick” you are well on your way to a happy journey in working wood.

“Money shot” – now that’s funny! <vbg>
Maybe it was just all that super blond shellac.

Cheers
Bob

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#3 posted 10-19-2009 12:55 AM

well done kate ,
i looked at your jig ,
and it looks great .

i guess we’ll see lots of box joint projects ?

nice color .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#4 posted 10-19-2009 03:07 AM

Looking good well done

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#5 posted 10-19-2009 12:01 PM

Amazing how much one can learn on a small project like that. You got a nice result too. A sensible way to ease into woodworking. The skills are pretty much the same regardless of the scale.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#6 posted 10-22-2009 10:24 PM

lol, Bob. Good one on the super blond comment.

Definitely, I have to get my time/money’s worth out of that jig. More boxes!

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