|Project by 870pilot||posted 04-09-2011 02:27 AM||1616 views||1 time favorited||19 comments|
After drooling over boxes made by Andy and “Blockhead” Brad, I decided to make my first box. Part skill builder, mostly a huge thanks to a 8 year old girl who reached out to me on a dark day with caring and compasion while she herself was grieving. I can’t tell you the backstory, but with crayons and scissors she made me a thank you card shaped like a heart. I’ll send her a heart in return.
Not a palm box, not really an art box, I salvaged the walnut from a local flooring supplier. Can you believe that the lid with lots of figure was headed for someone’s kindling pile? The padauk heart serves as a handle to lift the lid and the box is accented with the same wood for the feet and the plugs on the front. The photo of the inside is just for Brad, who pushed aside quilters and sew’rs at Joann’s for decorative box lining. I was fortunate enough to get a padauk-colored piece of cloth from my wife te quilter. Yes, I ironed it.
I used Watco Danish Oil to make the walnut and padauk pop. I had a great time using the three buffing wheel “Beall” system with tripoli, white diamond and carnuba bars. Makes for a super smooth surface, like glass.
I wish I still had access to Photoshop to process the photos so I could get the colors and tones to be faithful.
Bottom line, I’m really looking forward to giving this token of appreciation!
-- Olivia's Papa, Newbie Woodworker, Old Tool Fan