|Project by bobasaurus||posted 07-08-2010 10:56 PM||5200 views||18 times favorited||32 comments|
I finally finished my second attempt at an Andy-style art box as a gift for my cousin’s wedding (made following the fine tutorials here ). My father made the silver repousse medallion with their initials, which we epoxied into a large forstner-made hole after the finish was dry. Since I now own a router table, I was able to make the nice rounded recess for the lid (unlike my last box). The box is made of soft spalted maple and walnut from the local sawmill, with some scrap padauk for splines. Boy was the maple soft… I had no idea until I started working it. I had to put on an early coat of poly just to glue all the wood fibers together enough to sand smoother. Didn’t even know it was spalted until I smoothed the rough, chainsaw-hewn board. I tried to make the carving similar to Andy’s “Dunes” box… it’s not quite to the same quality, but I think it turned out nice. The finish is 4 coats of glossy wipe-on poly, rubbed down with 0000 steel wool between coats. I hope my cousin and his soon-to-be wife like the present.
-- Allen, Colorado