|Project by Maveric777||posted 12-06-2010 02:52 AM||1755 views||0 times favorited||19 comments|
This is a simple little box I actually started about 4 months or so ago. After glue up and a little cleaning I realized my original idea for a handle just didn’t seem to cut it. Long story short I basically got a woodworkers case of “Writers Block”. So I put the box on my mantel and stewed on it for a while.
What really hung me up was the top being so square and my first attempt at scalloping the bottom to show feet of sorts didn’t fit together well in my eyes. Well, after my bride put me under the gun on finishing this one up to give to her personal trainer at the gym (a very sweet woman going through some tough times). I had no choice but to come up with something…. Because Momma said so….lol
I knew what my hang up on the box was the square top with curves on the bottom. So the first thing I did was round the 4 corners of the curly. This seemed to soften the box a good bit, and make it easier on the eyes (at least to me). I opted to leave the purple heart as I originally set it because… Well, it looked right to me….lol
After rounding the sides it made it much easier to come up with a handle. After seeing the pencil box that Triumph1 posted I knew I wanted to laminate the handle to add a little something. After that I just accented & exaggerated the curves on the bottom, then rounded the top to match the softness of the corners. I also tried my hand at a little carving to add the “medallion” (or what ever you want to call it) on the sides of the handle.
I also took a different approach to the finish for this one, and tickled to death with the outcome. This was finished out with 3 soaks of danish oil. Once I was sure it was good and dried (about 2 weeks I guess) I gave it many hand polished coats of Renaissance wax. This project was my first ever real attempt at the use of waxes and now I am wondering what in the world took me so long. I can honestly say this is my favorite finish I personally have done to date.
Sorry for being so long winded about this very simple box. Been looking at this thing for months now and tickled to death I finally got it labeled “Finished”.....lol
Thanks for checking it out!
-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.