|Project by superstretch||posted 08-05-2011 06:19 PM||1348 views||0 times favorited||4 comments|
Hey all, its been a while since I’ve posted any of my projects (currently 700 posts/projects behind in my LJ Google Reader feed). Now that a couple weddings are out of the way, I have the time and can safely post pictures of them.
These boxes were for my brother-in-law and his new wife. Time to complete was 4 days of on and off work.. The first box is made from spalted maple. At this point in the boards, the spalting was very light, but it had a nice cinnamon and sugar look to it. The other box is mahogany, but instead of constructing it from cutoffs (like the maple box) I have quite a few 12/4 chunks of the mahogany and chopped it apart with my band saw. First, the sides came off, then the top, then the front and back, lastly the bottom. I decided to not get rid of the band saw marks on the inside- they looked interesting and uniform, so they stayed. I then glued the box back up, and had a very quick, efficient box in a matter of minutes.
I sanded the boxes down to 220 grit and put on a couple coats of clear shellac. I sanded to 400 and then put on a little wax. Sanding down the shellac gave it a nice look, but the wax gave it a nice smooth, cool feeling.
The hardware isn’t state of the art—tiny brass hinges from HD, but I chiseled out recesses in the back of the lids and the back of the box to accept them.
All in all, I was pretty impressed.. I don’t do well with small scale projects and these were my first boxes. They were out of line/square in a couple places, but nothing a clamp or sanding couldn’t resolve.
Related- I need some place better to take pictures..
-- Dan, Rochester, NY