First box

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Project by WoodenSoldier posted 05-19-2010 09:02 AM 1625 views 0 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first box, which I made over the weekend out of Koa. I’m pretty happy with it. I haven’t put a finish on it yet, I was thinking boiled linseed oil maybe.
What are your thoughts?

Updated with the finished box. Boiled Linseed Oil and 4 coats of poly.

-- Create something everyday.

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#1 posted 05-19-2010 12:26 PM

So much better than my first box. Very well done. As far as BLO (boiled linseed oil) goes I use it a lot. One finish I use regularly is BLO and wipe on poly. I have been pretty pleased with the results.

Keep the projects coming….

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#2 posted 05-19-2010 01:31 PM

Very nice, BLO would be a great choice i think…

-- Chris From Maryland, If it aint broke, You havent tried fixin it yet...

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#3 posted 05-19-2010 02:06 PM

BLO and wipe on poly would make it slightly more resistant to scratches. Adding a chain stop or a lid support to the lid and base will prevent the hinges from racking. Inset a rare earth magnet in the base and a steel brad in the lid for a simple lid lock. otherwise, the perfect box.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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#4 posted 05-19-2010 02:30 PM

Very nice box

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#5 posted 05-19-2010 03:00 PM

Excellent job, especially for your first!

BLO would be great. As others have mentioned. poly after the BLO cures will give a little more “depth” and protection.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#6 posted 05-19-2010 03:39 PM

Nice box. I would like to see pictures after you put the finish on. Im interested in how the BLO will look.

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#7 posted 05-19-2010 03:45 PM

very nice!

Thanks for posting

-- Safety first because someone needs you.

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#8 posted 05-19-2010 05:02 PM

Very nice, what’s next??

-- Tom

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#9 posted 05-19-2010 05:04 PM

Awaiting box #2!

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#10 posted 05-19-2010 05:54 PM

Love that Koa good job

-- Custom furniture

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#11 posted 05-19-2010 06:37 PM

First try, first success… this a very nice box

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#12 posted 05-19-2010 06:40 PM

Nice looking first box. BLO will bring out the wonderful depth of the koa grain.

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#13 posted 05-19-2010 07:16 PM

Great job so far. Can’t wait to see that grain pop once you finish it. I have not yet used BLO, so I can’t directly speak for it, but from what I’ve heard, it should be a great choice for this, as others have already stated.

Post more pictures once you’ve decided upon and applied your finish, please!

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#14 posted 05-19-2010 07:47 PM

Good job on your first.

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#15 posted 05-20-2010 12:27 AM

Awesome job! Welcome to the addicting and in my case money making world of boxes! Daring of you to try mortising hinges on your very first box! I love Koa to so you struck the right chord with me. Im currently waiting for a maple and curly Koa box to finish gluing!

Keep up the good work!

-- ~Eagle America~ ~Woodcraft~

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