Period Box 2

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Project by doncutlip posted 11-19-2011 07:24 PM 1879 views 5 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This rustic box holds kitchen supplies for period impressions at Civil War reenactments. It is all pine, with oak lid stabilizers. It has a multiple layer finish. First I brew some tea and stain it with that, it turns it dingy brown. Then I stain it with iron oxide (steel wool and vinegar solution) which turns it grey – but no splotching. Then I stain it brown with tobacco and ammonia solution. Then I put linseed oil on it and wet sand with 600 grit sandpaper, which makes a slurry and fills in any voids. Finally I wax it. The last picture shows the finish. The cabin hooks are modern galvanized. I took the galvanizing off by soaking them in vinegar. Then I got them red hot and dunked them in a beeswax and turpentine solution to blacken them.

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#1 posted 11-19-2011 08:56 PM

its two great box´s you have made
and thank´s for the how to about making the finish including
how to get rid of the galvanishing

thank´s for sharing


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#2 posted 11-20-2011 02:10 AM

Nice build box.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#3 posted 11-20-2011 04:03 AM

These boxes have a really nice subtle beauty. The more you look at them the more attractive they are. Very nice, and thanks for the finish recipe. Pine can always be tricky.

How are the ends joined? Cut nails?

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#4 posted 11-20-2011 05:08 AM

Very good looking period boxes DON !
I love the look of the style and the way you finished them with your recipe is awesome .
The hardware is also very fitting.
I will try that finish on a project I am working on .

Thanks Kiefer

-- Kiefer

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#5 posted 11-20-2011 05:00 PM

Yes, the ends are glued and secured with cut nails, clout nails I believe. I got a variety from the Vermont Nail Company (if I remember correctly). I don’t drive them all the way in with a hammer, I use clamps to pull them in the last bit to guard against splitting. And instead of nail setter, I lay a small bolt on it’s side on top of the nail and use a clamp to push that all the way in as if it had been set; this recess permits me to sand the wood without hitting the nail.

One thing about the finish, it’s very fragile – although we’ve been able to keep these boxes relatively clean despite taking them on several weekend events outdoors. I’ve built several more boxes that I’ve given away, maybe I can track them down and get some pictures of them.

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#6 posted 12-04-2011 10:26 PM

I LOVE the finish man… Very cool how you did that! I might have to attempt some of your methods on something soon…

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#7 posted 12-04-2011 10:30 PM

This is my favorite recent project. I really love it.

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

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