|Project by SergioC||posted 02-06-2011 09:42 PM||1842 views||3 times favorited||5 comments|
My mother-in-law hinted strongly that she would love a wood project from me, so I decided on a keepsake/jewelry box. I bought a nice 2” sapele board and made a bandsaw box. When I started, I knew it would be oval-shaped with a curved top, and that I would do some kind of accent inlay. When I oriented the grain of the top, body, and bottom, the box was calling out for a large round accent. The medallion inlay is mun ebony. I dry sanded to 400 and then wet-sanded to 2000 using minwax tung oil finish.
This was the first time I worked with sapele and I love it now. I learned that sapele does not like to be planed or scraped with the grain- I had my best luck sideways, believe it or not. Each band is actually caused by different grain (one band is with the grain, one is against, and so on). I also had to do much more sanding than I usually like to do- I’m more of a hand plane/cabinet scraper than a power sander.