|Project by NicHartman||posted 10-31-2016 11:43 PM||396 views||1 time favorited||10 comments|
So this lititle project came about when my girlfriend finally asked me to make something that I didn’t have to force her to ask for.
So, she wanted a picture frame, and I wanted to pretend I knew what I was doing with carving. Following my “I can do that” sense, I went ahead and decided to try something I’ve seen on the site a lot, the wave form carving work on those beautiful jewelry boxes and watch boxes. And may I say, infinite respect to guys that do this for a job. Your patience is zen-like, I was cussing myself out for thinking I could enjoy the 6-8 hours of hand sanding and needle filing it took after the first 2.
Back to the project. So I laminated my lacewood/maple blank together and hand planed the curve on it because my shop teachers’ cruddy router bits are my mortal enemy and I wouldn’t pass this through his dull and rickety shaper for all the silk in China. After that I found a cheap picture frame to steal the backing and glass from and figured I incidentally had only about 1/4 of a inch extra wood on my blank. This happiness was quickly turned to confusion as I realized his miter saw as off (go figure) and my miters didn’t close. I decided to cover them up with a spline over the face of the joint, which fixed that well enough, and I thought it looked nice. A little spooky to do those on the RAS that obviously does not bave a negative hook blade though. From there it was just a bunch of carving and hand sanding, hours and hours with a dremel and a file. Sanded up to 320, 0000 steel wool’d, and about 7 coats of a wipe on poly/oil blend. Buffed and polished with paste wax. Comments and criticisms always welcome!