|Project by ellen35||posted 05-03-2010 01:05 PM||1841 views||0 times favorited||23 comments|
This is my take on a Tsunami Box. To me it resembles the ocean floor more than a wave. The box is made using purpleheart, maple and something call peruvian walnut – more on this in a minute. The drawers are flocked in black. The box itself is 8 inches x 5 inches x 4 1/2 inches tall. Now to the peruvian walnut. I picked this stuff up locally and liked it because it seemed lighter than the dense american walnut I am used to (it was also cheaper – you get what you pay for!). You will notice that there is a “decoration” in the form of a starfish on one end. I have included a picture without the starfish so you can see my problem… there was a void in the wood that didn’t show up until after the box was cut out. I am debating using the starfish as it fits with the box and looks good but would be interested in what my fellow LJers think. I am getting mixed reviews from those who saw the box – some feel that it is part of the wood and should be seen – I am mixed. The peruvian walnut was also a bear to finish. It looks pretty shiny in the pictures but I think it is the lighting. It was finished in 3 coats of a semi gloss wipe on poly after using danish oil but isn’t nearly as shiny as it appears. My other problem with peruvian walnut was that it did not take finish well. It had really open grain and I’m not happy with it at all.
I worked on this box off and on for about 3 months finally finishing it last night. I think it is OK for a first try at something of this nature. For me, it was a learning experience. I learned – get good wood to start with!
Thanks for looking – any and all constructive criticism welcome.
-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire