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Mahogany And Tiger Maple Jewelry Box

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Project by Duff posted 06-10-2017 08:01 PM 842 views 4 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this box for a coworker. I’m still having a tough time getting a smooth finish on maple regardless of how I pretreat it!

-- You have to go on and be crazy. Craziness is like heaven - Jimi Hendrix





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Dan

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#1 posted 06-10-2017 08:34 PM

Great looking box Duff. Finish looks fine from where I’m sitting.

-- If I knew who it was and what they are doing perhaps I could defend myself...

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#2 posted 06-10-2017 08:38 PM

Very nice. You will find the finish solution that works for you.

-- SAWDUST is THERAPY without a couch! just rjR

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#3 posted 06-10-2017 08:39 PM

Thanks Daniel. Distance shots do wonders for my finishing.

-- You have to go on and be crazy. Craziness is like heaven - Jimi Hendrix

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Duff

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#4 posted 06-10-2017 09:15 PM

I hope you’re right about a solution. A poor finish ruins a great project, a small all you guys know.

-- You have to go on and be crazy. Craziness is like heaven - Jimi Hendrix

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#5 posted 06-10-2017 10:47 PM

Hey Duff the box looks great! I know what you mean about the finish. What are you using for a finish and how are you applying it?

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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Duff

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#6 posted 06-10-2017 11:07 PM

Thanks Tony. I’m using Minwax spray poly. I’ve tried prestain, sanding sealer and danish oil before applying the finish but no matter what I do the maple sucks the poly right up. I’ve been contemplating a wipe on poly. The mahogany and oak take the finish very well.

-- You have to go on and be crazy. Craziness is like heaven - Jimi Hendrix

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#7 posted 06-11-2017 12:13 AM



Thanks Tony. I m using Minwax spray poly. I ve tried prestain, sanding sealer and danish oil before applying the finish but no matter what I do the maple sucks the poly right up.

- Duff


I have good results if I use lacquer sanding sealer first. Helps the final finish to level out better. I give it one coat let it dry over night then very very lightly sand it with very fine paper careful not to break through the to raw wood and then give it a 2nd coat, light sand again. Then 3 or 4 light coats of spray lacquer. Then I buff it out with polishing compound if needed. I do lots of experimenting on a scrap piece first all woods react differently.

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#8 posted 06-11-2017 12:35 AM

Very nice. I love the contrasting color scheme.

-- Mike, Lancaster PA

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#9 posted 06-11-2017 01:17 AM

Great looking box! I love the lift and the vertical orientation on your banding. Your finish looks great to me. I use wipe on poly that may give you a bit more fill per coat. Great job. Congrats!

-- AJ, Long Island. New York

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#10 posted 06-11-2017 11:16 AM

Outstanding….

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#11 posted 06-11-2017 11:53 AM

Great looking box!

-- Ron, Northern Illinois

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#12 posted 06-11-2017 12:24 PM

I really like this beautiful box and it has a lot of character and craftsmanship.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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splintergroup

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#13 posted 06-12-2017 02:56 PM

Nice effect exposing the corner splines in the lid Duff!

Tony has some good techniques on your finish-sucking maple. If I know that a particular board in a project will be “difficult”. I’ll usually try and pre-finish it before assembly. This is a common problem with fancy grain and/or exotics used for lid panels. I like to get these as smooth as possible so I’ll apply/sand/apply/sand, etc. the finish until things look like glass. This is difficult to do if the panel is already installed.

Shellac makes for a nice sealer and plays nice with top coats of whatever.

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#14 posted 06-15-2017 12:30 PM

I really like the design and wood selection. Re finishing… I have used Minwax Wipe On poly, successfully, many times… Both the satin finish (gold can) and the high gloss (silver can). It worked out so well each time that one time when I wanted a high gloss finish and could not find the wipe on, I purchased their spray can. HUGE MISTAKE!!! It was absolutely awful. It was bubbly and lumpy and generally so bad that I had to remove all of the finish and start all over with the wipe on. As it turns out, the wipe on goes on quicker and smoother. It dries relatively quickly, and gives a great finish. AVOID Minwax sprays!!!

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#15 posted 06-15-2017 12:36 PM

Also… prior to using the Wipe On poly, I do use a sanding sealer or shellac.

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