Did someone say something about sanding??

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Project by webwood posted 12-06-2009 09:27 PM 3437 views 21 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After I recovered from the reaction to the lacewood on the last project – we decided that although we won’t cut lacewood again we really liked the design that we came up with… so we decided to give it another go with something a little less risky. Back to our old standard – Curly Maple and Walnut (and we decided to try out purple heart – the unfinished box).. Here’s the result – Did someone say something about sanding?? We decided to try out the old standard laquer finish on this one (first time) and although very beautiful – I dont think I have ever sanded that much – two coats of laquer (make sure you are in a well ventilated area – we started it off at home and wow – will rethink that in the future) – then sanded 220, 400, 800, 1000 – we still had ripples.. couple of more coats then wet sanding 400, 800, 1000, 2000 – still have a couple of areas that aren’t quite right but we are close…it really does bring out the curl in the maple, but it is not a quick finish. Maybe the second one will go a bit quicker since we kind of have an idea of what to do – the key… patience and sanding… we call this our infinity design since the lines don’t stop – Trying to get a few of these finished for a craft fair this month – also our first one so wish us luck!!

-- -erik & christy-

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#1 posted 12-06-2009 09:48 PM

Great Box ! I really like the walnut boarder/stripe against the maple.

-- Rj's Woodworks,San Jose & Weed Ca,

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#2 posted 12-06-2009 09:59 PM

WelL executed.. I need to give the striping a try.

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#3 posted 12-06-2009 10:07 PM

Nice box and the walnut accent on the inside at seams is a real neat design feature. I don’t expect to see the inside have a follow thru from the outside like that.

Let us know about comments at the show and good luck.


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#4 posted 12-06-2009 11:15 PM

i love this one i like the walnut inlay, good luck at the fair!

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#5 posted 12-06-2009 11:34 PM


-- "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then Success is sure." Mark Twain

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#6 posted 12-07-2009 12:50 AM

Way to go, my Friend!! She’s an absolute Beauty!! All that sanding paid off in spades!! Great Job and Excellent Work… :)

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#7 posted 12-07-2009 01:43 AM

A fine box! Very appealing. I hate finishing and sanding, sanding, sanding.

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#8 posted 12-07-2009 07:14 AM

our sight can only take us to places we have seen -our minds can take us to a place we’ve never seen

-- -erik & christy-

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Monty Queen

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#9 posted 12-07-2009 07:16 AM

Awesome job, I love all your work i hope my boxes turn out as good as yours one day. You do excellent work. Thanks.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#10 posted 12-07-2009 07:18 AM

Very beautiful box. Good luck at the crafts fair.

-- John in Arizona (but it's a dry heat!)

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Douglas Bordner

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#11 posted 12-08-2009 04:21 PM

Top notch work you could spot from a block away!
Have you tried Abralon pads? They could change your (woodworking) life.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#12 posted 12-08-2009 04:38 PM

thanks all
douglas – i have some Mirlon pads but only in extreme grits – new to trying for these high end finish styles – been a wipe on poly guy

-- -erik & christy-

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#13 posted 01-25-2010 07:24 PM

may be a question of my ignorance but how do you go about putting the walnut striping in?

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#14 posted 01-26-2010 01:29 PM

woodnewbee – the walnut is dovetailed onto the ends of the sides – then dovetailed again into a cornerpost – the top and bottom are then cut to match the width of the stripes in the joints – walnut stripes inserted and glued back together – repeated for the length

-- -erik & christy-

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#15 posted 02-16-2010 02:14 AM

Fantastic fit, I don’t know how you got those inlays to line up so perfect but it turned out great, care to share any secrets.

-- Common sense is so rare anymore when you do see it, it looks like pure genius.

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