|Project by Andy||posted 11-14-2010 06:01 PM||10100 views||92 times favorited||81 comments|
This is my latest box on the DuneScape theme, using walnut and figured myrtlewood. I am running very low on this fantastic myrtlewood, and the pieces are small, so I sandwiched the top like this.
The handle is spalted big leaf maple, right next to a knot, hence the wild grain.
The splines are maple and the lower ones are fatter, using laminated maple/bloodwood/wenge.The divider is thin strips of maple that are flexed into position and any or all can be removed as needed.
The bottom is lined with black velvet.
I am posting a little more info on how I finish my boxes, as a reply to the mail I get.
The finishing is difficult for me to get right, but I just stay after it until I feel its acceptable, its never perfect to me, its just a compromise. I am always amazed at how other peoples projects look so good, their finish is flawless, mine isnt, but most people dont notice as long as there aren’t runs, trapped bugs , and it feels baby bottom smooth.
The Deft brand spray lacquer is very forgiving as finishes go.
Just spray on a very wet coat, let dry about 30-60 minutes in a warm, but not hot area, and sand almost all of it off with 320. The white powder shows up any wayward scratches, which I address, then respray. I look this 2nd coat over very closely for any additional scratches or blemishes, then resand with 320 so the entire surface is evenly dull, then I blow off and wipe down, respray, let dry about 30 minutes between coats, about 3-4. If I get too much orange peel, I resand until its very smooth and give it a fully wet, but not too heavy of a coat which is a touchy thing for me to get right, and be sure its not too warm, about 70-75 degrees.
The finish is difficult for me, but I just stay after it until I feel its acceptable, its never perfect to me, its just a compromise. I am always amazed at how others projects look so good. their finish is flawless, mine isnt, but most people dont notice as long as there isnt runs, trapped bugs or nose hairs and it feels smooth.
I always take a piece of clean printer paper, wad it up until it evenly wrinkled, then fold into a pad of some sort and rub down the entire box. This removes the “nubs” that the finish always has and makes it shiny and silky smooth. Make sure the finish is very dry and there are no sharp folded corners because you can scratch the finish. Brown paper sack works as well and so does heavy paper towel. Just avoid anything with inks, they may transfer.
Leave the lid open for a day or two to let the smell dissipate.
-- If I can do it, so can you.