|Project by SheriDi||posted 09-16-2010 12:02 AM||2059 views||9 times favorited||17 comments|
I built two of these with the hope that at least one would turn out good. Both are veneered Spanish Cedar. The first is Pommele Sapele with Wenge, and the second is Waterfall Bubinga with Purpleheart.
Finishing for me was, as usual, a painful process. I’d give just about anything to be able to do a mind meld with Bob Flexner et al. Until then I’ll continue to experiment. The sapele box is finished with 3 coats Watco oil applied with increasingly finer sandpaper. After that I applied Liberon wax which just did not do it justice. So I removed the wax with mineral spirits, and took the advice in one of my latest woodworking magazines (not sure which), and applied several coats of shellac and rubbed it out with mineral spirits and 500, 1000, 2000 and 4000 grit Abralon pads. While my technique surely needs some practice and fine tuning, and I think next time I’ll try to spray the shellac, I’m really pleased with how this humidor looks. For now this is my favorite finish.
The Bubinga humidor was a guinea pig for spraying a finish. This was my first foray into HVLP spraying and while it definitely has it’s advantages, I’m going to have to practice some more. I can see doing most of my finishing with an HVLP sprayer in the future. It is several coats of precatalyzed lacquer, which I let cure for 2 weeks and then rubbed out the same as above. It came out pretty good too, but the finish does not have that glass fell like the shellac finish does, and it appears to be cracking. I can’t feel the cracks but I can see them in the right light.
Basic joinery and all in all a pretty basic project until I got to the hinges. What a PIA!!! Now that they are in though, I’m glad I spent the money and time and headaches to install them.
Thanks for looking!
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