Another Bow Front Box

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Project by Kerry posted 10-14-2010 06:56 PM 2089 views 15 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I actually made this a few months back. It’s the same as the one I made earlier, but cherry and maple this time around. I wasn’t very happy with how the finish turned out on the top, so it’s been sitting in in a cupboard in my shop for a few months now. A few people I showed it to told me they couldn’t understand what bugged me, but I couldn’t bring myself to give it to anyone, and I couldn’t be bothered to redo it so there it sat. I heard recently that a former coworker was having a silent auction fundraiser for breast cancer so I thought it was the perfect opportunity to get it out of my shop and do some good as well. I told him that the hinges cost me about $25 so if it went for less than that I don’t want to hear about it LOL.

In the picture of the lid you can see some yellow blotches (actually I think it looks worse in the picture than in person). What happened is that I had applied BLO and then WB poly after the BLo dried. I could still feel the inlay a bit (didn’t take enough care putting it in) so I decided to sand/scrape down the poly to level it but I didn’t have enough put on and went too far. I also went through the BLO in spots. I couldn’t sand all the poly off and start over because I was already starting to go through the inlay. So in the end I added some more poly, and rubbed it out, and then into the cupboard it went where I didn’t have to see it.


-- Alberta, Canada

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#1 posted 10-14-2010 07:06 PM

That’s a fantastic box. I would have not noticed the finish problem if you hadn’t pointed it out.

That is definitely one of the drawbacks of working with inlays (veneer too, for that matter). If you mess up the finish you can’t just sand everything back to bare wood and start over.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 10-14-2010 07:20 PM

This a beautiful box

I like it

A very good job

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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#3 posted 10-14-2010 07:46 PM

Wonderful piece Kerry! Elegant design and terrific craftsmanship. As Charlie says, wouldn’t have noticed any problems had you not mentioned it. Love the inlay treatment and shape very much. Beautiful work!

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#4 posted 10-14-2010 10:47 PM

Terrific box. Your use of dividers partioned the box of very nicely. Meticulous work on the inlay and as the others have already indicated any blemishes in the finish would have gone unnoticed without your pointing them out. Hope the charity gets the true value of this box from their auction, which would many timex exceed your cost of the hinges!

-- Randy, Oakdale, Ca.

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#5 posted 10-14-2010 10:52 PM

Looks good to me, that’s quite a inlay you made, nice job.

-- Tom D

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#6 posted 10-15-2010 12:06 AM

That is an amazing box!!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#7 posted 10-15-2010 12:45 AM

Beautiful design and wood.

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Jim Crockett (USN Retired)

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#8 posted 10-15-2010 03:54 AM

Absolutely nothing wrong with this box. I love the compass rose inlay, the bow front, the whole box! The string inlay on the front looks really nice. How long did it take to do the compass rose inlay? Must be quite a while – probably longer than my patience if I tried one. Great job!


-- A veteran is someone who, at one point in his/her life, wrote a blank check made payable to "The United States of America," for an amount of "up to and including his/her life".

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#9 posted 10-15-2010 04:38 AM

That is really beautiful. I just took a look at your other projects. You have designed and built some amazing pieces.

-- “And the products of wealth push you along on the bow wave of their spiritless undying selves.” ― I. Anderson

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#10 posted 10-15-2010 07:12 AM

Thats a great design love the whole idea of it.
Cant see your finishing problems in the photos but totally understand why you dont like it. You will always see the flaws. I had a piece like that and did something similar just to get it out of the way so I didn’t have to put up with it anymore. It ends up grating on you, just having it in your workshop staring at you!

-- Theresa,

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#11 posted 10-15-2010 06:52 PM

I thank you for all the kind words.

Jim – It really doesn’t take that awfully long. Making the inlay itself is probably an hour, hour and a half. Maybe another hour to mark the panel and form the recess. There’s several great tutorials on the web, like this one:
Inlay tutorial

Thanks again,

-- Alberta, Canada

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#12 posted 10-20-2010 07:53 PM

Wow thats awesome. Well done.

-- Change begins somewhere may as well be with me.

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#13 posted 03-12-2011 06:05 PM

this is a great looken box.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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