|Project by kcrandy||posted 11-30-2009 07:28 PM||1902 views||4 times favorited||4 comments|
Just completed my second valet box and I must say doing small boxes does teach one about the accuracy of one’s tools, or lack thereof, especially when they are at the low end of the price range. Fortunately, I was able to grab an old Craftsman compound miter saw and learned that a good blade is worth the money. The wood is walnut, locally grown in the Kansas City area. You’ll see my clamping system is crude and cheap: scrap wood and nails work well. Doing my first box taught me not to clamp all pieces together at the same time, but do it piece by piece. I include the picture of the kind of glue I used because it is hide glue and that is the sort of glue museum conservators use on wood repairs. The finish is a mixture of beeswax shavings in mineral spirits. Many coats. At the end of the project I realized that instead of applying a coat and then waiting for it to absorb and then applying more I probably could have just poured the mixture into a shallow tray and let the pieces soak overnight. Need to experiment with that.
Oh, and the watch is a vintage 1951 Rolex with a waffle etched face and manual wind that runs just fine. If you were born in 1951 and covet this watch I could part with it. I’d rather have good woodworking equipment these days than a good watch.
-- Caulk and paint are a poor carpenter's best friends