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4 Corner Grain Matched Jatoba Jewelry Box and Some Useful Varnish Finishing Info

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Project by Jerry posted 07-16-2017 09:10 PM 7060 views 0 times favorited 40 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the box that did not want to get made. I started out with this slab of Jatoba that I split on the band saw.

This is how it looked before gluing up, at this point I had finished the inside.

After the glue up and parting the lid from the box I had 4 corner grain match and book matched top and bottom.

Then when I went to do the finish for the outside and the inserts, I simply could not get the quality of finish I’d previously done for the inside of the box. It took two weeks of experimentation to replicate that finish. I was using marine spar varnish and there were bubbles everywhere. I finally developed a system that involved wiping the first coat on full strength, then wet sanding it with 2000 grit, then reducing the varnish 30% with mineral spirits, chilling it for 30 minutes, wiping the subsequent coats on with a t-shirt pad, then wiping it back off immediately, leaving only the thinnest bubble free residue, wet sanding between each coat, finishing after 8 coats with a final sanding with 4000 grit, and finally applying a beeswax and walnut oil finish and then hand buffing to a mirror finish.

Took me a month to make this thing.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be. http://www.geraldlhunsucker.com/





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#1 posted 07-16-2017 09:30 PM

It looks great! I see your perseverance paid off.

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#2 posted 07-16-2017 09:45 PM


It looks great! I see your perseverance paid off.

- tinnman65

Thanks Paul, I almost gave up on the finish several times…

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be. http://www.geraldlhunsucker.com/

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#3 posted 07-16-2017 10:14 PM

I like the choice of wood, the proportions ,the box joint size ,the way you fitted the lid ,over all I’ll give it AAA with 5 stars.

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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#4 posted 07-16-2017 11:07 PM



I like the choice of wood, the proportions ,the box joint size ,the way you fitted the lid ,over all I ll give it AAA with 5 stars.

- distrbd


That’s high praise Ken, thank you very much.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be. http://www.geraldlhunsucker.com/

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#5 posted 07-16-2017 11:20 PM

Looks greatJerry. At least it didn’t take long.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#6 posted 07-17-2017 12:06 AM

Jerry, at first glance at the pictures I thought you added a stripe in the back not realizing that was the hinge. You have become the master at these. Well done. As far as taking a month, we know you work slow. LOl.
Nice job following the grain pattern too. Glad to see you got the finish to match up. Any idea what happened to begin with?

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#7 posted 07-17-2017 12:16 AM

Very nicely done Jerry!

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

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#8 posted 07-17-2017 12:52 AM



Looks greatJerry. At least it didn t take long.

- firefighterontheside


Ahh ha ha, you very funny. Thanks Bill.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be. http://www.geraldlhunsucker.com/

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#9 posted 07-17-2017 12:56 AM


Jerry, at first glance at the pictures I thought you added a stripe in the back not realizing that was the hinge. You have become the master at these. Well done. As far as taking a month, we know you work slow. LOl.
Nice job following the grain pattern too. Glad to see you got the finish to match up. Any idea what happened to begin with?

- doubleDD

Thanks so much for all your nice comments Dave! As far as the finish goes, I was using a year old can of varnish to start, I thinned it and applied it with a foam brush and it came out great. Once I had to buy a new can to continue my troubles began. No earthly idea why

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be. http://www.geraldlhunsucker.com/

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#10 posted 07-17-2017 12:56 AM



Very nicely done Jerry!

- DanielP


Thank you Daniel.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be. http://www.geraldlhunsucker.com/

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#11 posted 07-17-2017 03:49 AM

Yep, old and new varnish will do that.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#12 posted 07-17-2017 03:56 AM

Another really nice jewelry box!
As was stated before, your perseverance paid off for sure.

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#13 posted 07-17-2017 04:20 AM



Another really nice jewelry box!
As was stated before, your perseverance paid off for sure.

- oldnovice

Thanks friend!

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be. http://www.geraldlhunsucker.com/

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#14 posted 07-17-2017 05:43 AM

Very well executed! I admire effort you put into finishing that box.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#15 posted 07-17-2017 05:55 AM



Very well executed! I admire effort you put into finishing that box.

- majuvla

Thanks so much Ivan, it was a trial…

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be. http://www.geraldlhunsucker.com/

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