|Project by Paul Pomerleau||posted 05-27-2011 12:22 AM||2916 views||5 times favorited||13 comments|
Yup, it’s amazing how a simple business card holder can organize your life !!
This is the first “palm” box that I ever built.
It is maple and walnut.
The maple is a piece that I never thought I would use as it had cracks and knots and I almost threw it in the scrap bin.
Then I thought that part of it would make a nice lid for a box, and I really did need a business card holder for work, so the idea just started coming together.
It took me a week to locate a brass rod for the lid pivot, which I eventually found at a metal store at the other end of the city.
The inside of the lid was straight but it needed some shape, so I cut it to be thinner hoping that the knot wouldn’t fall apart.
Also, I used my oscillating spindle sander to make an indent on the front to open the lid easier, it really didn’t need it for that but it needed something on the front. I wanted to put a logo or something out of maple and glue it on the front but I still don’t have my scroll saw yet.
The initial finish was one coat of BLO (my first time using it) followed by 3 coats of wipe on poly (first time using that too) but it still didn’t seem finished, so I put on a coat of paste wax hoping that I wouldn’t ruin it as I had no idea what it was going to produce. Well I was very impressed with the finish. It is soft and smooth as velvet. I absolutely love it and can’t wait to put it on my desk at work.
I’m relatively new at woodworking still and every time I try a project I’m a bit nervous that I’m going to ruin it by doing something that the seasoned pros already know. But I guess this is how it’s done and now I know a bit more than I did at the beginning of this project.
Thanks for looking, and I love my desk finally nice and clean.
-- Close to Ottawa Ontario Canada