I call this treasure box Serenity

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Project by mainerustic posted 11-01-2010 09:48 PM 1598 views 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just completed this box hand carved pine box, I call it “Serenity”. Once the carving was completed I painted it with milk paint, one coat of yellow and then another coat of green, hand rubbed it, gave it a coat of poly and hand rubbed again with a light coat of quality wax.

-- Maine Rustic

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#1 posted 11-01-2010 10:05 PM

It’s a real nice box with cool designs.

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#2 posted 11-01-2010 10:37 PM

I really like the color of this box. I showed it to my oldest daughter and she likes the color and the texture/waves on the front. I wish I knew how to make a box. I need Patron to come and teach me how to build a box.

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#3 posted 11-01-2010 11:01 PM

I’m sure you could build a box, with the beautiful tables that you make, I doubt that you would have a problem.

-- Maine Rustic

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#4 posted 11-01-2010 11:12 PM

I had never heard of milk paint until your project came up. Thanks for teaching me today’s something new.

I was wondering about your hand rubbing. After your coat of green you said you “hand rubbed it.” What does that mean here. I often finish a flat surface to a specific finish by hand rubbing it, but I don’t know what that means on an irregular surface like your beautifully carved one here.


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#5 posted 11-01-2010 11:17 PM

I actually rub off some of the paint from the high points in my carved area, so some of the yellow paint shows through. Then, I coat it with polly, trying to only lightly rub it on, so again, I just hit the high points, this makes the higher parts of the carved area appear darker, giving it a look that I’m striving for. It’s a little tricky, but I like the results.

-- Maine Rustic

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#6 posted 11-01-2010 11:19 PM

It’s a wonderful technique with a skillfully achieved result. The box is just lovely.

Thanks again,


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#7 posted 11-01-2010 11:26 PM

Unique and beautiful piece Rustic. I like the textured effect a lot. Well done and thanks for posting this gem.

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

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#8 posted 11-02-2010 12:20 AM


-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#9 posted 11-02-2010 02:51 AM

“Serenity now, insanity later.” – Lloyd Braun on Seinfeld

-- Tony -

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#10 posted 11-02-2010 03:04 AM

Very nice box. I have to admire hand carving because I know I do not have the patience to do it myself. The color is a nice affect: hard to believe it was two colors.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#11 posted 11-02-2010 03:48 AM

Well done. I have used milk paint numerous times over the years and appreciate it’s versatility and ease of use. I especially like the carving.

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#12 posted 11-02-2010 04:23 PM

It’s a beautiful box.Love the blue and the carving adds expression to it.

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#13 posted 11-02-2010 06:30 PM

Thank you all for the positive feedback. I love to carve and it’s really fun to share the results with this wonderful community of woodworkers… thanks

-- Maine Rustic

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