|Project by smitty22||posted 02-24-2016 02:58 AM||600 views||1 time favorited||9 comments|
This is mostly a story of a chunk of Missouri black walnut crotch cutoff, a gift from a friend who couldn’t use it and was going to throw it in the burn pile. I tripped over this many times in the garage for a year or so before finally deciding on a use for it as a memorial Urn Box. This was my first experience with a highly figured wood and it sure taught me a lot! It even helped me decide on a new bandsaw since my old Delta 10” BS wouldn’t touch the resaw needed.
After much deliberation, the walnut was re-sawn into 3/8” slabs. Using a core box of 1/2” BB ply for stability (the walnut loved to twist/cup/curve/check as it was being resawn), I was able to incorporate most of the figured pieces by laminating to the ply core. The most dramatic figure was used in the lid, but attempted to match the figure with the sides and the corner posts. Drama continued at a couple of the side panel corners where the piece wasn’t large enough for a full panel, but decided to just feature these points with a bit of matching trickery. And lastly, the interior cove cuts in the corners were really demanding, big time exercise in patience at the router table.
Finished with a 3-part blend of tung oil/Formsby’s tung oil finish/mineral spirits, slurry sanded, about 10 applications. This technique is good for highly figured finish, albeit takes a while to do and isn’t very tough since it really doesn’t produce any surface film.
Thanks for looking.