|Project by Jim Crockett (USN Retired)||posted 03-10-2010 05:07 AM||1507 views||0 times favorited||5 comments|
This box began life as some leftover ash and was going to be just a quick and easy utility type box. After gluing up the rabbet joints, I decided even as a utility box, it needed some strengthening of the joints so was going to add dowels. My only piece of 1/8” dowel was oval and closer to 3/16” than 1/8”, so I used brass rod. Then it looked so nice that I had to come up with a nice top, so found a nice figured piece of walnut, did some routing, added a shop-made cocobolo pull and voila! It is no longer just a utility box but a rather nice keepsake box.
The body has several coats of Armor-Seal wiped on; the top has has six coats of Seal Coat shellac with red-brown Transtint dye, sanded back to bare wood. Then another six coats of the same, again sanded back to bare wood which finished filling the grain. Then about three coats of the same followed by several coats of Armor-Seal (I think I overdid the shellac/Transtint dye after filling the grain – it would have looked better with just one coat). The cocobolo pull was a pain – added a coat of Armor-Seal and it refused to dry even though I had wiped it down with acetone before finishing. Removed the sticky finish with more acetone, added a coat of plain Seal Coat, then the Armor-Seal would dry.
Perhaps not the best box I’ve done (I’m not thrilled with the finishing job I did on this one), but I’m pretty happy with it. Don’t have a clue what I’m going to do with it but it will either become a gift to someone or I’ll find a good use.
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