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Canarywood Box with Walnut Top

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Project by Jim Crockett (USN Retired) posted 1538 days ago 1443 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Box is made of canarywood with a figured walnut top insert and walnut miter keys. Bottom inside has a leather liner. I wanted to install a pull on the top but the recipient (my wife) didn’t want one, so…. Box body received five coats of natural Watco Danish Oil, the first two wet sanded with 800 grit wed-dry paper. The top insert received a coat of orange shellac followed by four coats of GF Armor-Seal.

Canarywood is beautiful, especially after you’ve added a couple coats of oil. But it has a tendency to splinter because it is quite stringy. Cuts (if you take care) and sands well, does not seem to be hard on tools, and finishes nicely, though. Would definitely use this wood again.

Jim

-- A veteran is someone who, at one point in his/her life, wrote a blank check made payable to "The United States of America," for an amount of "up to and including his/her life".





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bigike

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#1 posted 1538 days ago

cool box, i see the hinges are still giving ya hassel though. Don’t let them win you can overcomthe offset hinges. LOL ;)

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://www.icombadaniels@yahoo.com

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a1Jim

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#2 posted 1538 days ago

Wonderful box Jim with cool details

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robert triplett

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#3 posted 1538 days ago

Beautiful wood. I like Canary wood a lot, but have had trouble finding the very colorful type I had used. Nice job on design. I think a pull could have been nice, but I also have a design consultant on ‘staff’ who puts in her unsolicited ideas. When it is for her and I have shown it to her while building, I listen. Otherwise I keep my shop door closed. The trouble is, she is often right. How much does wet sanding improve the final finish?
Robert

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and so little time!

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Jim Crockett (USN Retired)

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#4 posted 1538 days ago

Robert, wet sanding with the Danish Oil makes the finish as smooth as the proverbial “baby’s butt”. And it is really quite simple – you’re already applying the oil and waiting so you might as well be doing something, right? Like I said, I use 800# wet-dry and it probably only takes 5 minutes to sand a box of this size. I only do it the first couple of applications – after that, there is very little gain.

Jim

-- A veteran is someone who, at one point in his/her life, wrote a blank check made payable to "The United States of America," for an amount of "up to and including his/her life".

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OutPutter

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#5 posted 1538 days ago

I never met a box I didn’t like and that goes for other Jims. ;-)

I love the wood you found. I can’t tell if there’s anything wrong with the hinges. I bet hinges is the most grief causing thing about a box. Care to comment? Also, how thick would you say that walnut panel is and how did you attach it to the top?

Best,

-- Jim

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Greg The Cajun Box Sculptor

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#6 posted 1538 days ago

Your box looks very good Jim. You have some nice boxes in your projects. Have you tried barrell hinges? I bought some Soss from woodcraft and have used them on my last 4 boxes. I recently started using Watco Danish oil again and I like the results. I also wet sanded after applying using 500 grit. Sanded the first three and put on a final fourth.

-- Every step of each project is considered my masterpiece because I want the finished product to reflect the quality of my work.

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Don

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#7 posted 1538 days ago

Great looking box. I love the Canary wood, that’s what I used for my most recent project.

-- Don - I wood work if I could. Redmond WA.

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dustbunny

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#8 posted 1537 days ago

That’s a beauty Jim.
I spotted that canarywood a mile away,
there’s nothing like it.
Great work !

Lisa

-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~ http://quiltedwood.com

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Jim Crockett (USN Retired)

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#9 posted 1537 days ago

Greg the WhoDat, funny you should mention the barrel hinges. Originally, I was going to use those (5mm) on this box but my wife wanted “regular” hinges and a chain. I plan to try them in another box soon.

Jim, the walnut panel was 1/8” thick. I taped off the edges and applied finish before inserting in the box. It fits into a 1/8” dado on the insides of the box sides, just like the bottom.

Jim

-- A veteran is someone who, at one point in his/her life, wrote a blank check made payable to "The United States of America," for an amount of "up to and including his/her life".

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woodbutcher

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#10 posted 1537 days ago

Jim Crockett,
Very nicely done! I really like the combination of the walnut and the canary wood.I’ve never used the two together before, but it turned out nicely in your application. I used the canary wood in my sewing (bobbin) box in my projects with brazilian cherry. I definitely prefer working with the canary wood. It has what I call a self healing propensity. I believe it has a lot to do with the amount of oil which is inherently ever presnt in this wood and is why it needs to be washed with acetone or alcohol prior to glueing up. Congratulations again on a most beautiful box.

Sincerely,
Ken McGinnis

-- woodbutcher north carolina

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workerinwood

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#11 posted 1536 days ago

Good job, like the details!!!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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