Pencil Box - QS White Oak & Walnut

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Project by Jim Crockett (USN Retired) posted 09-07-2010 03:25 AM 2793 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Pencil Box with 1/8” box joint corners. Quartersawn White Oak Body, figured Walnut sliding top. Finishing for the body: Transtint medium brown dye, Watco Danish Oil (Natural), Walnut MinWax gel stain, 2 coats of Armor-Seal Gloss, 1 coat Armor-Seal Satin. Finishing for top: filled pores with five coats of SealCoat shellac, sanded back to bare wood, then another four coats of SealCoat shellac, sanded back to bare wood; 1 coat of SealCoat to bring out figure; four coats of Armor-Seal.

Lots of fine sanding to ensure top slides easily in grooves, aided by application of wax.

Found the White Oak to be somewhat splintery especially at the box joints. Lots of sanding to remove divots where cutting box joints caused tearout into the body of the box.

Quite satisfied, overall, with the project. Although finishing took a good bit of time, I think the final product justifies the time spent.


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#1 posted 09-07-2010 03:53 AM

if you can go that far ,
into finishing ,

i will send you my projects ,
i’m only good for lacquer and oil .

beautiful little box ,
that splintering is why i don’t use oak ,
unless it’s called for .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 09-07-2010 07:25 AM

Great job making that Walnut figure pop. It looks like the finger joints came out nicely too. Another winner Jim thanks for posting!

-- Brad, Oregon- The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first.

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#3 posted 09-07-2010 06:00 PM

beautiful job on the finish!

-- Tim, Myrtle Beach, Just one more tool, that's all I need! :)

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#4 posted 09-07-2010 06:26 PM

Beautiful box! Great job getting the wood to match, I may have to try your finishing technique soon.

-- David

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