|Project by Echofive||posted 06-05-2011 02:04 PM||1089 views||0 times favorited||2 comments|
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