|Project by Geedubs||posted 12-10-2011 09:58 PM||1326 views||1 time favorited||4 comments|
While also working on a workbench for my grandson (see earlier post) I built some ‘whatnot boxes’ for my four granddaughters (ages 4-11). This is essentially the Ribbon Box that was demonstrated on the Woodsmith Shop…with my own touches…and flaws :-). Like all projects, this was a learning experience. The basic box is made of maple. Once I purchased it and got into the construction I learned that there is a difference between soft maple and hard maple (shows you how elementary my knowledge is). I found this soft maple very difficult to work with, especially in terms of precision and jointing with complementing hardwoods. Maybe that’s just me but I won’t use soft maple on a project again. The primary hardwood accent on all four boxes is walnut. Working primarily with scraps that I had, each of the other boxes was uniquely accented with either oak, purpleheart, mahogany or rosewood. This was my first effort at doing inlay…and it was reasonably successful. I used a router inlay bit/bushings kit and created the letters on my scroll saw. I filled the ‘hole’ created by the inlayed letter using epoxy. I finished using Danish natural oil, wipe on poly and paste wax. This was my first venture using wipe on poly (used Minwax) and I AM IN LOVE. The ease with which it went on and the ability to avoid the drips and runs (Battle of the Brush) was exhilarating. I am a wipe on poly convert! I am reasonably pleased with the product but will be striving for better precision in future efforts. I don’t think my grand-daughters will be a critical as I am. My wife picked up the miscellaneous items for each box to give the girls an idea of use…but realistically, a whatnot box is for whatever you want. Right?
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