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Project by Echofive posted 06-05-2011 02:04 PM 1338 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this keepsake/display box for a friend. The pen held significance to her, and she wanted to store it away. She liked the box so much she decided to keep it out visible. Knowing that, I wouldn’t have added the top pad. Anyway, it’s made from 1/2” Oak. Construction was pretty basic… rout some edges, cut some 45’s, etc. (I downplay that, but a recent tune-up to my table saw made my measurements and cuts dead on accurate.) The finish is India Ink, which didn’t take to the oak very well. I found success adding india ink to shellac. I used Zinsser Bulleye. I don’t have to mix anything, and it’s always worked great for me. The mixture I used was about 1part India Ink to 3 parts shellac. You can play with the ratio, but I wanted the thickness of the shellac, but the coal black of the ink. It came out great. I rubbed with 0000 steel wool in between each coat. I finished it by rubbing with 0000 steel wool and paste wax. The foam used for the bed and the lid pad, I got from Sears. It’s used for keeping tools organized in a toolbox and comes in 2×2 sheets. I just carefully wrapped suede cloth around the foam.

-- Chip, Virginia

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#1 posted 06-06-2011 04:37 AM

Chip, nice job on the pen box. As far as the top pad, can you remove it without much trouble? Maybe you can put a thin piece of figured wood in its place. Thanks for the tip on the ink and shellac. I will need that pretty soon.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#2 posted 06-09-2011 12:54 AM

Thanks for your comments, Tad. I think she originally wanted to “bury this memory” literally, so the top pad had value. No, it can’t be EASILY removed, although it would probably come off. I would simply need to refinish the underside of the lid. If you’re going to use the shellac/india ink, I have to recommend Pro Art India Ink. I bought it at a local art supply store. It comes in a bottle about the size of those 5-hr energy drink, and has an eyedropper lid. The eyedropper makes it easy to add just a couple drops. It’s also much thicker than the black ink I also tested.

-- Chip, Virginia

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