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Project by Grit posted 05-14-2011 09:25 PM 1624 views 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This box is made from three pieces of Red Oak glued together. I stained it Red Mahogany and gave it a satin finish.

I had never put a dark stain on Red Oak before. I used to fine of a sandpaper, and so it closed off some of the pores. Next time no finer than 220 before staining.

I couldn’t believe how easy and fun it was to make. I am anxious for some more difficult challenges.

-- "Be more human."





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Bertha

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#1 posted 05-14-2011 09:28 PM

Wow, that oak took the stain well, a very pretty piece.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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Jamie Speirs

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#2 posted 05-14-2011 09:41 PM

That is a nice design

Well made, I like the finish.

jamie

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Grit

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#3 posted 05-14-2011 11:14 PM

@Al: First of all thank you.
The stain did OK. The deepness of the color is fantastic. I do need to use a 220 grit sandpaper, like I mentioned, and a pre-stain. The pre-stain, I am not so sure about, because I’ve heard it helps the wood color evenly, but not as deeply. What is your opinion?

@Jamie: Thank you. I too love this little design. I have been so linear with my woodworking, and this might have changed things for me. After the cut, I couldn’t stop looking at how pleasing the simple curved lined was.

-- "Be more human."

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Durnik150

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#4 posted 05-14-2011 11:20 PM

Very nice. If you want more challenges I recommend picking up or at least looking at Lois Keener Ventura’s books on bandsaw boxes. Lots of designs and thought provoking ideas.

Keep up the great work!

-- Behind the Bark is a lot of Heartwood----Charles, Centennial, CO

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lou

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#5 posted 05-14-2011 11:43 PM

very neat idea.well done.

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GWhit

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#6 posted 05-15-2011 03:26 PM

Nice box,plain and simple with a good wood and a good color. I like it.

Why not try the same stain on some of the scraps from the box and see if the pre-stain is worth while.

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Grit

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#7 posted 05-15-2011 07:06 PM

@GWhit: Good idea. Funny how we can’t see the obvious sometimes. In my mind I was going to wait until my next was complete to test. Thanks.

@Durnik: I will look into Ventura’s book.

Thanks all.

-- "Be more human."

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itsmic

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#8 posted 05-15-2011 09:21 PM

Nice looking box, I like the style, Your finish worked out well, looks good, thanks for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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#9 posted 05-16-2011 01:59 PM

Very appealing design and execution. I favor the curved top and deep red color. Nice work.

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Danpaddles

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#10 posted 09-26-2012 01:23 AM

Nice box, love the shape.

Closed up the pores? Naw- you can’t sand too fine. what you could try next time is blowing it clean with compressed air, hard, with the nozzle close to the wood. Or wash it with mineral spirits, or even charcoal lighter fluid.

-- Dan V. in Indy

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Grit

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#11 posted 09-26-2012 04:46 AM

Danpaddles,

I always use my compressor. I tack cloth and air it out. It is illegal to use mineral spirits for that purpose in California… believe it or not, but what is a stain prep? Now that is legal.

-- "Be more human."

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