|Project by Grumpymike||posted 08-15-2016 11:59 PM||1369 views||2 times favorited||20 comments|
A box is a box until you embellish it .
Well I have been trying to learn the old craft of string inlay, and finally felt like it was time to try it on a project. I chose’ string and berry’ to copy an old (1700’s) spice box, and because Terry has a birthday next month I put her initial on the box …
I drew out the “T” and carved it in by hand, or free hand I should say, with a .032” tool and re-sanded 1/6” holly strips to fit in the grooves.
Steve Latta deserves a shout out here as his video’s inspired me to take on this task … And of course it always looks easier when the master does it.
The box is ambrosia maple with the grain wrapped around the box, and topped with Lace Wood. ... (not really a good choice for the freehand carving as it’s a bit chunky and tears out easily). ...The crown and skirt are Purple Heart, and the feet are Mesquite.
Outside dim is about 9”X12” and is ‘bout 5” deep. Finished with a good rubbing of BLO, topped with shellac; then water based polyurethane for the top coat and finished with paste wax.
I know where the mistakes are, and you will have to water board me to get me to admit where.
Thanks for lookin’ and comments good or otherwise are welcome.
-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.