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Project by Don posted 12-19-2006 07:37 AM 5479 views 4 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This Jewelery Chest is another found in Tony Lydgate’s book, The Art of Making Elegant Wood Boxes. The primary wood is recycled Australian Blackbutt (Eucalyptus pilularis). The honey brown timber comes from the demolition of a Brisbane warehouse built in 1908. I chose it for its figured grain, pitch-lines, and bore holes. The handles are individually carved from Ebony.”

To complete the international connection, the drawer frames and dividers are Canadian Maple. The timber was sanded progressively through to 1500 grit paper. The finish is three coats of shellac with a light sanding between each, followed by two coats of shellac with hardener, and polished with Tripoli talc and wax.

This was a gift to my wife, which I now regret due the cost of filling it.


-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#1 posted 12-20-2006 06:55 PM

Beautiul in a rustic sort of way, it has character written all over it.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#2 posted 10-25-2007 06:50 AM

Great chest Don. I’m glad this came up on shuffle. How are you doing these days?

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#3 posted 10-25-2007 07:34 AM

Don I missed this too. Very special, indeed. I am intrigued by the “shellac with hardener” comment. What is that? An additional resin?

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

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#4 posted 10-25-2007 07:44 AM

Thanks for your concern Mates, I’m slowly convalescing form knee surgery. I haven’t been in my shop for about a month now, so haven’t been posting much. Saw the doc today and he cautioned me to take it slowly.

Douglas, here's the info on the shellac with hardener. (Click on “Hard Shellac in the left column.) It’s a great product and is available in the USA and Canada. Scroll to the bottom of the Ubeaut page to find one near you.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#5 posted 10-25-2007 08:57 AM

Thank you Don.
I hope you have popped back by the Boxhounds page. Dennis Mitchell proposed a new nickname for you, “Box Elder”. It seems entirely fitting. We all share continued good wishes for your return to full health. Take it easy down there in Oz.

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

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#6 posted 04-17-2008 06:26 PM

Totally inspiring – thanks! I can’t help wondering about the old barns being torn down up here and where all that lumber ends up. I’m sure a lot can be done with them…

-- God bless! Freddo (Northern - NJ) Our Creator designed us to create - so use WOOD!

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