|Project by bfd||posted 07-10-2010 12:14 AM||1738 views||8 times favorited||11 comments|
I built this small, simple memory box for a very special person in my life, someone I have yet to meet. My wife and I are adopting from South Korea and I built this box as a gift for our son’s foster mom who has been taking care of our little boy for the last 13+ months. We will be traveling to S. Korea very soon to pick up our son and meet his foster mom. It is custom to give the foster mom a gift when you meet and is typically something small from where you live. My wife and I thought about several options. I mean what do you give someone that has been caring for your child? Everything we thought of seemed so insignificant compared to what she has been doing for us and our child. I decided to build her a memory box. I call it a memory box because we will present it to her with pictures of us ( just a few) and our son (a lot) in hopes that she will continue to remember the incredible gift she has given us.
The box is made out of one piece of solid Macassar Ebony that I resawed on my bandsaw down to ½” thickness. I had been holding on to this piece of ebony for a number of years waiting for the perfect project. The bottom is a piece of ¼” Baltic ply with flat cut maple veneer while the top is the same ply but with some Maple burl veneer. The inside is finished with red felt for an unexpected punch of color. The box is unadorned so that the beauty of the wood takes center stage. The corners are mitered and I built the box gluing up the entire box at once then cut away the top. The hardest part of this project was the finishing. I tried using my standard finish schedule which consists of tung oil, wiping poly and wax. Well the first attempt failed when, after the first coat of poly I notice a huge scratch on one side. I sanded the entire thing back down to take out the scratch and attempted this time to use BLO and wiping poly. That turned out tacky. The BLO went on great but the wiping poly didn’t want to cure. Third time is a charm right …wrong. This time I tried something different. I tried to build up several coats of thinned shellac and again didn’t care for the results so I started over again for a fourth time. This time I went back to the original Tung Oil which was fine then I waited a week and decided to go strait to wax skipping the poly and that worked!
Species: Macassar Ebony & Maple Burl
Finish: Tung Oil and Wax finish
Dimensions: 5 ¾”d x 11 ¾”w x 3 ¾”h